CHURCHES AND NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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How NLP can help you bridge your present to your future.

At Next Level Plus we design and provide practical, strategic solutions that are designed to assist churches in fulfilling their God-given mission.  Our seasoned team will assist and facilitate the process of assessing, evaluating and empowering you (ministry leader or business leader) to make strategic decisions that will ultimately take the next steps required to move forward.


We provide a broad range of consulting and management services which include the following:

  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Outreach Marketing
  • Team Building and Performance Improvement
  • Staff and Personnel Audits and Reviews
  • Church Health and Growth Diagnosis with Prescription
  • Administration Assessments
  • Conflict Reconciliation and Resolution
  • Ministry/Program Evaluations
  • Governance and Board Design and Development

Experience us for yourself.  Schedule a complementary session and discover how we can work together to reach your goals and cause the change you want to see in your church organization.

FAQ'S

Do we need to hire a church consultant?

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There are many reasons that a church should engage an outside consultant.  The most common times are:

  • When a church has been on a growth pattern for some time but has plateaued (or declined) and the leaders want to take the church to the next level of growth.
  • When a church is facing a significant decision such as relocation, hiring staff, or building.
  • Whenever the church finds itself in a crisis. Crises generally involve people, property, programs, or finances.
  • Whenever the church is presented with what appears to be a good opportunity. Most opportunities bring risk and all opportunities, when acted upon, bring change.

However, there are also times when a church should not get a consultation:

  • If the senior pastor is opposed to it.
  • If a majority of the church leadership is opposed to it.

Can we afford NOT to pay for an outside consulting firm?

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When you are considering engaging an outside consulting firm cost often becomes a subject of debate in some churches for several reasons:

  • First, churches often do not like to spend money.  They are typically frugally minded, sometimes to a fault.
  • Secondly, hiring an outside consultant requires a change in how churches historically have approached challenges and opportunities. Some resist change and find comfort in established patterns, even if those patterns have not been the most effective in the past.
  • ​Unfortunately the church will often do itself a disservice by unfairly focusing on the cost of the service and not fairly counting the value gained from the engagement.

Consider the following parable:


“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”  Jesus – Matthew 13:44 NASB


The man unearthed a treasure (unfulfilled potential) hidden in the field and then did what he had to do (sold all he had) to buy the field because he understood the value hidden in the field. He did not say to himself, “I would like to have that treasure, but I can’t afford it.” He evaluated the find, counted the cost, and understood the value was worth the sacrifice – which he then made.

What is the TrueNorth Process and how can it help us?

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Our faith-based consultancy process offers an integrated methodology that aligns biblical principles and biblical strategies with proven ministry and business practices from across multiple disciplines to offer you the most effective approach to take your church or ministry organization to the next level.  Unlike traditional consulting and project management approaches we are a committed team of Christian professionals who are highly gifted, talented and called to function as God's choice leaders of thought and practice in the arena of strategic management and organizational excellence.  


We pride ourselves on ensuring that our engagements are tailored to the specific client situation. Our hallmark comes from our ability to be highly effective and productive in a very short amount of time following business principles originated by the Creator of all business practices.

In order to take your business to the next level, you need to have a solid strategy, a high level of professional guidance, and a great deal of persistence.  Through our TrueNorth Methodology we can assist you with the development and implementation of solid and substantive strategies that will catapult your ministry to the next level. 

Why do some consulting/coaching relationships fail?

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The primary reason a consulting or coaching relationship fails is not because the recommendations are bad … it is because the church/organizational leadership is not willing to make the changes necessary for long-term transformation.


Additional reasons why some consultancy relationships fail:  

  • Because some may not like or agree with the advice 
  • Because some prefer things the way they are  
  • Because change will make some uncomfortable
  • Because the church leaders are afraid of ruffling feathers  


Why do some consulting/coaching relationships succeed?

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Among the reasons why consulting and coaching relationships succeed in church and non profit organizations are the following:


Reasons why some consultancy relationships succeed:


Top level leaders, their executive staff and empowered leadership:

  • Understand the organization's current reality
  • Understand the need for change
  • Understand the cost of change – and the cost of not changing and
  • All are willing to pay the cost of change

What is the primary difference between a consultant and a coach?

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Using the example of riding a bike, the primary difference between faith-based coaching and faith-based consultancy is:

  • Coaching: A faith-based coach will help you understand how and why you ride a bicycle, help you to determine what's holding you back from riding properly, and jog along next to you as YOU ride.

Versus

  • Consultancy: A faith-based consultant will explain why one bike is superior to another, teach you how to ride the bicycle, and if necessary, ride the bike for you. 

Contact us today to determine which approach is best for you and your faith based organization!