I read recently two articles about church “consultants.” One article talked about how expensive they were, “…but worth it.” Another article dealt with what the consultant learned in the process of consulting with a group of “pastors” of “megachurches.”
Is it really that complicated? Did Jesus and the apostles envision a time when churches would need instructions from a “consultant?” Well…perhaps. Churches have always needed instruction to equip the saints for the work of service and to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians12). When taking on a new project or mission, for example, churches would benefit hearing from those with experience in the matter.
At the same time, having said that and however (and other clichés), what God asks us to do as a church is really quite simple: to be the body of Christ on earth. If we would just pursue that task, as lot of consultation would be unnecessary. Full instructions are already available.
Let me just suggest that we learn what Jesus did on this earth and just keep doing that. Such a pursuit would solve most of our problems and put us back on track. Simple.