Society Revitalization Training

Andover , Minnesota
Monday, November 12, 2018

Society Revitalization Training
Monday, November 12, 2018 8:00 PM -
Friday, December 27, 2019 9:30 PM (Eastern Time)

An Online Training Event (Self-paced)
2316 176th Lane NW
Andover , Minnesota 55304
United States

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This webinar delivery method is online church revitalization training for pastors, ministry leaders, denominational leaders and those aspiring in the field of church consulting. It was offered live in May-July 2018 and is now available with recordings that you can take self-paced. When you register, the recordings, PowerPoint, and links to many handouts will be sent to you.

For aspiring consultants, it is one method of completing Society requirements for Levels 1-4 Training. However it is designed as Revitalization Training for all who love the Church and want to see it thrive.

This is a fresh approach to training for the Society and is based in part on a 42 page white paper recently completed by Society President, Jim Barber. The white paper is called The Fishbone Diagram Church Health Assessment.  The diagram is a new tool for assessing the health of a church and is based on a comparative analysis of Callahan's 12 Keys, Nine Marks, the Transformational Church Assessment Tool, Purpose Driven Church, Simple Church, Reveal,  Macchia's 10 Traits, Barna's 9 Habits, NCD 8 Qualities, and various other publications from the last 30-40 years.

For an overview of the 10 Sessions of training, click here.

You have the option of taking just Sessions 1-3, Sessions 1-7, or all 10 sessions. Whichever choice you make, you will receive the white paper. In summary, Sessions 1-3 provide you with 7 Church Revitalization Tools, Sessions 4-7 provides you with detail on the 12 Elements of Church Health in The Fishbone Diagram. The final 3 sessions cover Society Certification, various consulting services, and how to start a consulting practice. Pastors and ministry leaders may want only Sessions 1-3 or Sessions 1-7. Consultants seeking certification need all 10 Sessions.

All 10 Sessions of the training includes approximately 500 PowerPoint slides. Each session will contain lecture followed by Q&A of approximately 20 minutes.

Jim Barber, your instructor, is the President of the Society for Church Consulting. He sets the strategic direction and oversees the day to day operations of the Society, conducts live and online training, and coaches those aspiring to become consultants. Every quarter he writes a case study and invites participants to complete a written assignment and join an online discussion/training meeting with him and others. He also oversees the strategic direction of the

He is also president of Barber Church Consulting through which he conducts various church assessments, facilitates strategic church revitalization, and coaches churches through changes in leadership structure.The principles in this webinar are rooted in his consultation methods and his prior ministry experience. Jim began consulting in 2003 and started doing that full time in 2010, the same year that he began serving as the Society Executive Director. He then became Society President in early 2016.

Through his consulting, Jim also helps aspiring consultants become certified by allowing them to shadow him. Jim has had nearly 30 people shadow him on his consultations since late 2017. .

Jim served for 15 years as an executive pastor in a growing church, Constance Free Church in MN. He also co-founded and served as president of a community nonprofit affiliated with his church called BridgeLink.

From 1978-1995, Jim had a corporate accounting management career with Honeywell and Alliant Techsystems. He has an MBA from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and a MATS degree from Bethel Theological Seminary. 


Contact Information

  • Jim Barber
    Phone: 866-221-6313
    or 763-221-6400

Payment Instructions

  • If you purchase all 10 Sessions, your prices are as follows.

    Non-Members $995
    Basic Members  $895
    Premium Members $795
    *Student Members $495
    **Refresher/Audit Rate for Current Members $450 and Non Members $495

    *A Student Member is a Member of the Society that is also enrolled in a degree completion program and has provided the Society with evidence of your enrollment from the school where you are enrolled.

    For Member and Student Member discount codes, please contact Jim Barber at 1-866-221-6313 or at 763-221-6400 (cell) or

    **Refresher Rate applies only if you have taken Society Levels 1-4 Training in the past. Contact Jim for you refresher discount rate.

    If you purchase just Sessions 1-7, your price is: $665

    If you purchase just Sessions 1-3, your price is: $330

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