About Us

Our Mission

Opening doors of hope and wholeness with faith communities, lay leaders and clergy

About the Center

The Center is a ministry of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s FaithHealth Division. Center consultants have been providing direct consultation to churches since 1992. Applying a congregational approach, our consultants seek to elicit and utilize the resources, skills and gifts for ministry already present in a congregation. We recognize the uniqueness of each congregation and use a process-oriented model that focuses on interactive dialogue for problem solving and discernment.

Assisting Congregations and Lay Leaders

Assessment and direction-finding for congregations

Consultants from the Center for Congregational Health® are trained to help staff teams, deacons, boards, councils or other leadership groups address challenges from both inside and outside the congregation. Utilizing either a conference call or onsite visit, a consultant can help a congregation determine its needs and suggest resources or processes to help the congregation flourish. Center consultants can help a congregation with challenges such as:

  • Developing a missional focus
  • Clarifying identity and chart a direction for the future
  • Dealing constructively with conflict
  • Involving more people in ministries
  • Discovering the structure your congregation needs to work together effectively
  • Making the time between pastors productive
  • Helping your church staff work cooperatively and minister more effectively

Making pastoral transitions

One of the key ministries of the Center is helping congregations through pastoral transitions. Trained Intentional Interim Pastors and Transition Facilitators have specialized skills to help congregations use the critical transition period between ministers as a time to refocus and prepare for a healthy relationship with a new pastor. The Center provides the following transition-related services:

  • Interim Ministry training
  • Intentional Interim Ministry training
  • Interim Transition Facilitator training
  • Consulting with lay leaders and clergy navigating transitions
  • Serving as a referral network for finding an Intentional Interim Pastor or Transition Facilitator

Assisting Clergy

Ministry Leadership Coaching

Coaching is an on-going, professional, one-on-one relationship designed to help lay leaders and clergy produce the results they want in their personal and professional life. Coaching typically involves one to two 60-minute phone calls per month between a coach and a client. Coaching can be beneficial to ministers, helping them in the following ways:

  • Increasing the effectiveness of their performance
  • Enhancing their quality of life
  • Achieving their goals
  • Bridging the gap between where they are and where they want to be
  • Clarifying their vision of success
  • Exploring possibilities and determining next steps

Education and Training

The Center provides ongoing education and training opportunities designed to support congregations and leaders in their work. Learning opportunities include topics such as:

  • Improving ministry leadership through exercising emotional intelligence
  • The Five C’s of a healthy congregation:
    • Clarity: clarifying the congregation’s identity
    • Conflict: managing differences toward a positive outcome
    • Community: connecting with one another as we interact with God
    • Communication: developing a shared understanding in a fragmented world
    • Change: adapting to the current context to create a positive future
  • Understanding church size and its implications for leadership
  • What’s next? Direction finding for mid-career clergy
  • Finishing strong: Moving toward retirement with grace and integrity
  • The state of the American Church: Embracing the future with hope