Church Collaboration

How Congregations Can Work Together for Mission

Working with a Collaboration Coach

Most mergers and many other partnership find it essential to use an experienced outside coach or consultant. An outside party brings both fairness and objectivity to the process, and an experienced consultant can help you avoid the mistakes that others have made and carry out all of the necessary steps in a timely way.

Staff members from your denomination may be available to serve in the roles of facilitator and consultant, or they may have recommendations of qualified individuals. Whether denomination officials are directly involved or not it is critical to keep them posted on the progress of collaboration and to coordinate with them.

David RaymondDavid Raymond of ChurchFuture has served as a facilitator and consultant with seven congregational collaborations. Raymond can also provide critical elements to the process that aren't directly related to collaboration, including an effective technique for visioning and mini-workshops on how congregations thrive and change.

For churches outside the Twin Cities Raymond can put together a package that requires only one or two trips, which will reduce costs. Raymond can train and guide a local facilitator and support your process by email, conference calls, and web conferencing. The Contact page has Raymond's contact information. (Photo by Adam Bost, Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA)

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