Everyone needs a little help sometimes. A consultant can be just what is needed to help a congregation address a changing environment. Rev. Marlea Gilbert, Ph.D. is available to help a congregation and its pastor address those changes and the accompanying anxiety and questions. Her experience as an Interim Minister and continuing training in the field provides her with the skills and temperament to address a variety of situations:
Congregational size transitions
Re-visioning for the future
Organizational assessment and revisions to suit available resources.
Conflict situations arising from these changes or from differing goals
Purpose and goal assessment
Consensus building process
Using the UCC Congregational Profile to refresh the congregation's vision of itself and its work
Congregational Profile writing in preparation for a pastoral search
Small Congregations Part-time ministry is a challenge for Intentional Interim Pastors who expect to earn the majority of their income from their work. It is often just not feasible for a professional to take on a less than full-time position and stay financially well. Good solutions to this dilemma are still being studied, but one that may work for both congregation and Interim is a consultant relationship. A supply pastor would be contracted by the congregation to serve basic pulpit and pastoral needs, and an Interim Consultant would be contracted to the specific tasks of guiding the congregation in self-study, profile preparation, and the discernment process. Marlea Gilbert is in a good position to serve in this capacity in your congregation. Working in cooperation with the supply pastor, leading an occasional worship service, meeting in person or electronically with a Transition Team and, as needed, with the church council over the span of several months. Costs would be negotiated based upon the specific situation, and the congregation's budget. Contact us for more information.