First published on this website in December 2011 and last updated in December 2015
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These notes are designed to encourage and support anyone who has a responsibility as a 'mission accompanier' or 'church consultant', helping a church to move forward in some way. There are five short sections:
- We're not consultants, we're ...
- Our role is to take a church out of its comfort zone
- A spectrum of views to move a church along
- Who do we think we are?
- What about our expectations of ourselves?
Each section makes five points. The notes conclude with a set of concerns and fears presented by one group of such consultants at a training session, and a reminder that we go in Christ's name.
As one point puts it, consultancy is only a means of helping people move on. It's no big deal in itself. It's a fancy term for travelling a short distance with people who would value some perceptive company.
Here is the link to this item: TN64 - Help! I'm a consultant.pdf
These notes have been updated in December 2015 with minor amendments throughout the text.