You Can Get Unstuck
with a

Grow a Healthy Church Consult

Are You Stuck?

I know what’s it like to lead a growing church.

It’s exhilarating.

People getting saved and baptised. Small Groups growing. Finances flowing in.

And then something happens.

Growth stalls.

Barriers emerge.

The flow vanishes.

We don’t see the same results coming from the same effort.

We grow tired, get a bit disheartened.

Answers elude us.

What got us here doesn’t look like it’s going to get us to next stage.

Then one day it hits us. I am stuck and I don’t know how to get unstuck. 

Our frustration deepens and we start to wonder if we are the right person to be leading our church into its future.

We casually start to look around for other opportunities. We contemplate giving up, moving on.

Even becoming a gardener begins to look attractive.

I know these feelings oh so well.

During my 30 years of pastoring Perth Australia I had seasons of struggling with these feelings and yes, I even dreamed of becoming a gardener.

Eventually I reached out, got some help and got unstuck.

Today I help pastors look at their church with a fresh set of eyes.

I help them get unstuck.

Let me help you get unstuck.

Four mistakes
church leaders make

MISTAKE 1 - Flying solo

In today’s complex world every pastor needs an experienced coach to help them navigate current leadership challenges

MISTAKE # 2 Pastoring like it is the 20th century

Pastoring has dramatically changed this century and a new day demands a new approach

MISTAKE # 3 Focus on growth not health

Pastors focussed on church growth end up frustrated and confused by the lack of results

MISTAKE # 4 Lack of fresh eyes

Every church gets healthier when fresh eyes look at current programs and routines

As we followed the recommendations the number of adults serving in our church grew from 52% to 81%
Ian Borkent
C3 Church Netherlands

A Grow a Healthy Church Consult
Will Deliver Six Tangible Benefits

1. Clear Next Steps

You will get clarity about your immediate next steps as you focus on the key elements that improve church health

1. Clear Next Steps

2. Focus On Growth Engines

John will help you focus on improving the growth engines of your church which will boost your church’s health

2. Focus On Growth Engines

3. Measurable Outcomes

Your goal may be increased attendance, more leaders, balancing ministry and family, raising more money or building emotional resilience. John will help you achieve a measurable outcome.

4. One-on-One Coaching

You will receive follow up coaching from John as he supports you in the implementation of the consult recommendations

4. One-on-One Coaching

5. Current Best Practices

You will benefit from John’s consulting ministry which exposes him to current best practices around the globe

5. Current Best Practices

6. Safe Place

John has 40 years of ministry experience and has conducted over 160 consults and provides a safe and empathic place for you


Access my 40 years of ministry experience

I pastored for 30 years at our church, C3 Church Hepburn Heights and led our church through generational renewal.

We saw our church grow while planting a new church every 3 years and also built a new, multi-million dollar worship centre.

In 2012 I founded Grow a Healthy Church and have conducted over 160 church consults in 5 nations.

Through Christ’s grace, I have helped churches improve their health, grow numerically, increase their volunteer numbers, develop stronger connections with visitors, raise more money and build leadership pipelines.

I have been married for 46 years and have a wonderful family with 2 married children and 4 ‘perfect’ grandsons.

Build a leadership pipeline
John Finkelde
In 12 months we have seen 33% growth in our church due to John’s recommendations
Chris Carmody
Church on Tarwin Australia

What Happens in a

CONSULT health evaluation


Comprehensive analysis of 12 key health indicators in your church


John spends 6 hours with the pastor discussing key issues facing your church


Training session for your key leaders


Comprehensive online survey of your key leaders

CONSULT board coaching


Introduce current best governance practices

Sunday Ministry

Preach in your Sunday service

grow a healthy church Hub resources


14 days free membership of the Hub, your one stop resource centre


CONSULT written report

On the last day of the consult John presents a comprehensive, written report with reflections of your church’s health and clear, next step recommendations


John coaches the pastor for 12 months to help them implement the recommendations

Consult Fee


$600 deposit. Remaining fee due 7 days after the consult


Questions You Might Have

Saturday – Pastor interview, key leader training

Sunday – Sunday Service ministry, pastor interview, board coaching

Monday – present recommendations

The consult involves a comprehensive analysis of your church’s health.

This is accomplished through multiple surveys and a 3-day on-site visit which involves pastor interviews and observation of the church.

John visits the church once for 3 days.


In the 12 months following the consult John coaches the pastor each month in 30 min sessions.

No. All offerings and honorariums received during a visit can be deducted from the annual fee.

The only additional expenses are hotel/motel accommodation and meals for John during the 3-day consult.

In Australia John’s airfare to the nearest capital city is covered. Internationally, client churches share the cost of an economy airfare.

John reviews and analyses 7 key church health metrics.

Yes, a comprehensive written report is delivered on the third day of the consult.

The report includes feedback on what is going well in the church, metrics analysis, leaders’ survey results, and detailed recommendations on improving the church’s health.


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