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Grand Rapids, MI

Consulting

Church Multiplication


Multiplying churches is a passion... or maybe a kind of obsession of mine. I'm thinking every day about church multiplication and have not only studied church planting extensively, but have some significant personal experience I'd love to share. I've been involved in developing an 8 stage launch process for new churches, to a process of evaluating potential church planters and campus pastors, to steps for launching global planting movements. I've helped to envision and create a leadership development pipeline to raise up future church planters and key staff for new church starts. I can also point you to key resources including books, studies, coaching, conferences, networks and other resources. I offer monthly individual coaching sessions with a limited number of individuals, network coaching with other peers, and onsite coaching and interaction with key staff and leadership boards.

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Multisite Church


According to many folks, multisite is an effective way doing church in the 21st century primarily because it capitalizes on shared resources, is built in collaboration and collegiality among leaders, maintains a high level of accountability and application of best practices across networks. However, multisite is also tricky, with dotted lines of influence alongside solid lines or responsibility, rapid innovation alongside stable structures, the importance of leadership pipelines, and central support alongside campus leadership. I have worked with folks like Leadership Network, New Thing Network, Velocity Coaching, and worked within the structures of the oldest denomination in the country, the Reformed Church in America to make the transition from one 50 year old church in one location with two services to one church with 8 services in 5 locations with several more on the way. 

Leadership Development


So much rises and falls on leadership. One of the things I've learned over the years is how important my own leadership development and constant growth in leadership matters. I'm constantly reading, being coached, and learning from the best people I can. I'm trying to learn from multiple disciplines including businesses, churches, the social sector, studies in innovation, and more. You can certainly create your own learning environment and curriculum, or you can let me do the work for you and save you time and money in the process by curating some of the best in leadership and personal growth. Increase your productivity, leadership ability, emotional intelligence, and personal character by joining me for monthly coaching or network coaching with peers. I have a number of sessions I can lead over various lengths of time dealing with systems, strategy, innovation, visioneering, team collaboration and dynamics, culture, values-creation, and multiplying leaders to multiply impact.

Carver Governance


Carver Policy Governance is a model for Board oversight and staff leadership and management through a single accountable leader. In the non-church world, this would be the CEO, but also works well when applied to a Lead Pastor or non-profit ministry Director who is governed by a Board of Elders or Trustees. The Lead Pastor or Executive Director is given organizational ends to pursue within boundaries called Executive Limitations. This gives a high level of accountability with a high level of freedom, resulting in a high level of desired outcome.  Too often, in church settings, the Board can move into management or move around the Lead Pastor to staff or even volunteers through committees or through the power of board membership. Creating a clear understanding of the boundaries of governance, management, and policies, Carver Governance can help streamline your organization while also increasing accountability. This can increase both the Pastor or Executive Director's ability to lead and the Board's ability to hold the pastor accountable. Learn about how Carver could be used in your setting and get help transitioning or just starting from scratch with a new church or non-profit.


Results-Based Conversations

 Tom is a trained facilitator with  WaveChanger  by Tom McGehee.

Tom is a trained facilitator with WaveChanger by Tom McGehee.

Results-Based Conversations are often used to help a team or group move beyond being stuck, to move from “ideas” to action, or to create collaborative energy toward shared strategic outcomes.

A Results-Based Conversation session is different from traditional facilitation. Prior to the RbC session, I will work closely together with the leaders seeking facilitation to create the Session Design. The RbC method uses a structured approach to ensure objectives and outcomes are defined clearly beforehand. The success of the RbC Session, then, is based on accomplishing the specific outcomes and objectives determined prior to the facilitation session. My part in the process is to lead your team and group participants through the designed sessions and planned activities in order to stimulate creative thinking and focus workgroups on detailed action planning. I will help stimulate dialogue, engage everyone in their best thinking to ensure the objectives of the day are met. in the Design. As he does, he monitors both individual and group interactions.

Common objectives for Sessions include:

  1. Creating specific action plans for driving organization change across business units

  2. Identifying specific organizational changes that will increase performance and accelerate results

  3. Aligning multiple viewpoints toward a common goal

  4. Building team values across multiple disparate units

  5. Defining strategic goals and results-based outcomes with clearly defined responsibilities

RbC Sessions work best over 1.5-2.5 days for initial break-through. Often, these session are followed up by another 6-month or 1 year session and is most effective in 4 - 6 sessions over 2 years with coaching between sessions. However, each engagement is designed with your options and desires in mind.