Working with Consultants

Center for Congregations, January 2016.


This guide walks leaders through basic considerations to make before engaging an outside consultant and offers tools for entering into a consulting relationship.


contract nuts and bolts, suggested interview questions, list of common misconceptions about consultants

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Find the right consultant for your congregation's needs by drawing from the suggested interview questions.
  • Initiate a conversation about the benefits of hiring an outside consultant using this article as a discussion guide.

About the Contributor

Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming was a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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