ChurchFuture

Services and Fees 

We're finding that the traditional  strategic  planning process doesn't work as well as it did in the past, mainly because society is changing faster. ChurchFuture, therefore, takes a  customized approach, one that is tailored to the circumstances of each client congregation. This process is God-centered and transformative, but at the same time it is down-to-earth.  We genernally plan in shorter time frames with more emphasis on priority setting and implementation. We view ourselves as coaches and educators more than consultants, because the future-searching process has to be fact-based and owned by the entire congregation.

Some ChurchFuture assignments are short-term to deal with a specific objective or situation, such as a leadership retreat or one-time consultation. Other projects involve a longer-term journey toward a new vision and direction. In every case we emphasize relationships, because a change in direction can't be accomplished by edict or lecturing. ChurchFuture never takes a "one size fits all" approach.  You tell us what your needs are and we'll outline an approach to fit those needs.

Here are some of the services that ChurchFuture provides:

  • A vision and planning process that involves members and ends with a shared vision of the future and pathways to get there

  • Experience-based guidance on mergers, collaborations and partnerships

  • Coaching to help you understand how your congregation’s history and culture impact on your future

  • Case studies instead of just theory, so you can learn from the successes and mistakes of other similar churches

  • Experienced assistance with church –related non-profit enterprises

  • Education on topics like organizational change, conflict,  effective congregations, and rebranding

  • Advice with financial and real estate issues

Underlying all of these services is a common quest to listen to God’s call for your congregation.

“Dave Raymond kept us focused as we faced our new realities. His experience, anecdotes and the videos he showed mixed humor with grace, spirituality and practicality. And he learned to conduct meetings the Methodist way!”

 

Cynthia Lueck Sowden

Lay Leader, Council Chair
Northeast United Methodist Church 

 

The ChurchFuture Story 

In 1999 the Minneapolis Area Synod (ELCA) asked Dave Raymond to join the synod’s Urban Planning Consultants team. This team included pastors and lay people and who were trained in the Search Institute congregational planning methodology. After the Urban Planning Consultants disbanded Raymond continued to work with local congregations as a sideline to his other business. At the same time he did research in the area congregational development.

In his younger days Raymond was a co-founder and early president of Seward Redesign, a  non-profit housing developer that started in 1972 as a partnership between Trinity Lutheran Congregation and a neighborhood organization. Seward Redesign is still strong today, 44 years later.

Raymond has an MA in American Studies from the University of Iowa. After a career in real estate management, finance and development he owned a human services business located in downtown Minneapolis. He occasionally serves as a consultant to other small businesses.

Dave Raymond is motivated by a conviction that we are called to share God’s unconditional love for us as shown in Jesus Christ. The Christian congregation—imperfect as it often is—is almost always the best vehicle available to share God’s love with others.

ChurchFuture Fees

We tailor our fees to fit the circumstances of each congregation.  No matter how tight your finances are, we are almost always able to figure out a fee structure that works. We’ve often helped churches get grants or assistance for part of the fee and in some cases we discount or defer part of the fee. We insist, however, that each client congregation pay at least a portion of the cost. We also take measures to reduce travel expenses for clients outside the Twin Cities.

You can call Dave at 612-823-0526 or send a note to Dave@ChurchFuture.com to discuss how ChurchFuture services might work in your situation.