This Time It’s Gonna Work Because We Hired a Consultant

That statement was made by a vestry member of a small church that had been trying to grow since 1967.  It was a little church in the woods, and the congregation (as tested by an interim rector) was overwhelmingly ISTJ.

Steeple 010It did work, however, as the little church in the woods is now a thriving, growing parish.  But it wasn’t the consultant that led to success, it was a strong lay leader who took his time, energy and skill to identify and collaboratively overcome the obstacles in the way of growth.  The consultant served as an advisor, and the leader listened to the advice, but the changes were organically grown, not handed down by consultant. (more…)