“Chopper Dave” is a faceless guy we’ve all come to trust. Sure, his name may not be “Dave” but you know who I am talking about, the traffic voice on the radio with the thumping sounds of a helicopter in the background. It seems the position description is changing as I see more “TV-traffic-gals” showing up on the morning news giving us the high-tech traffic maps showing the highways to take and the roads to avoid during the morning or afternoon traffic rush.
Sometimes it just pays to listen to the person who has a different view than we do from the road.
I enjoy the role of “Chopper Dave” in ministry. Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to do this for a number of churches. This is something I would love to do more! I’m able to do so at a very affordable rate where everyone feels like it is a “win.”
Who Would Benefit? My most common consulting has come in the form of Student Ministry, however, I have worked with Senior, Lead and Executive Pastors as well. Here are the most common forms of consulting I am doing:
- Transitional Consulting: Churches that are in transition between Youth Pastors have hired me to consult them through the transitional process including the assessment of needs, training of lay staff to carry the load and developing a philosophy of ministry. In addition, I have developed the search process, team and the position description.
- Ministry Remodel: Some ministries just need fresh eyes and an assessment that can lead to some new strategies. Quite often this starts with a new philosophy of ministry. This is most-often done with an existing pastor/director in place; but can be done with key volunteers implementing the changes as well.
- Specialized Consulting/Training: Sometimes there are smaller aspects of a ministry that need tweaking, retooling or specialized training of staff. Administration is often an area of weakness for Youth Ministries, I have been able to train Youth Pastors with key admin systems for communication, calendaring and training of volunteers.
- Staff Training: Weekend retreats, one-night training seminars or a couple sessions with a volunteer team have proven to be ideal settings to bond a team, create momentum and infuse groups with practical “how to” knowledge.
- Interim Role: I haven’t done this… yet, but I would consider a well defined interim role with a church to help establish the things needed for long-term success in a ministry area.
Why? I believe that long-term ministry needs to have sustainable strategies that are rooted in Scripture and carried out by the Spirit through willing vessels. I love working with individuals and teams to create the ownership needed to carry out long-term ministry. Specifically in student ministry I believe that ownership in the program comes from Students, Parents and Leadership! In essence, I eat, sleep and breath “Mission51” so in this context, it means helping a group understand that we are on mission all the time, let’s train and live in such a way that we understand our own Jerusalem is our mission!
Does your church/ministry need a fresh perspective? I’d love to talk to you. Again, there are creative ways to make this work financially (in other words, we’re creative and affordable).
Do you know of a church in transition? Feel free to pass on my information to them and we’ll see if it could be a fit to help the church or organization the time of transition.
Don’t let distance detract, because of regularly schedule “other” stuff that Youthmark does, I am able to take on consulting roles virtually in any location; let’s chat we may be able to work it out where “travel” is not really an added expense!