How does a congregation decide whether, when, and how to engage an outside consultant? This brief guide walks leaders through basic considerations and then offers insights and practical tools for entering into a consulting relationship. It describes the range of benefits a consultant can bring to the table such as subject area expertise and an objective viewpoint for when the stakes are high. When looking for the right consultant, the author advises congregations to make the most of their networks, and check references. Practical helps include contract nuts and bolts and suggested interview questions. The list of common misconceptions about consultants can help to quell unrealistic expectations. Based on the actual experience of a variety of congregations and consultants, this free article can be used as a conversation starter among leadership and as a roadmap for the consulting journey.