I've mentioned some consulting projects these past couple of months, and they have come from two sources:
Youth Ministry Architects (YMA): You've heard me talk about this group already - what a tremendous team of people. I have learned a ton from them as I have tried out many different things:
- I represented them at the National Pastors' Conference in San Diego and met hundreds of pastors;
- I analyzed assessment data for them that had been submitted from churches all around the country;
- I assisted in some searches for youth and family pastors;
- I wrote a couple of articles for them addressing specific issues related to youth ministry;
- I went on-site to churches in Nebraska and Illinois.
Free Methodist Conference of Southern California: this has bubbled up unexpectedly -- but as I said, God is cool. I won't go into boring details, but out of one relationship with a former student where I offered to help him work through his "stuckness" in some areas I am now coaching two other lead pastors in Southern CA every week. I use a bunch of tools I've used in the past in training interns & staff during my years with both Young Life and the church. This coaching is rather different from YMA in that I am focusing my work solely on the lead pastor to maximize his effectiveness, whereas with YMA I work more comprehensively with a church's leadership team, in partnership with another consultant.
You know me -- I love to assist folks in thinking through needs, ideas, challenges, and so on, and then coming up with a plan for how to move forward. For this consulting work I meet with each pastor in person for our first meeting, and then we meet weekly after that through video conference. I love technology.
I will soon post about one last sliver of my job pie soon. Thanks for reading.