Facilitators, Consultants and Coaches – Which One Do I Need?

by Susan Weber. Center for Congregations, 2014.

This article distinguishes the differences between facilitators, consultants, and coaches to help congregations determine which will best address their needs.


distinctions among the roles of facilitators, consultants, and coaches; essential qualitites of each

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Discern what type of outside professional help could address your congregation's needs by sharing this article with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Gain a clearer understanding of the differences between facilitators, consultants, and coaches.

About the Contributor

Susan Weber

Sue Weber is the director of the evaluation and communication project at the Center for Congregations. She has additional training in appreciative inquiry and is professionally certified as a group facilitator.

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