This dimension overlaps with mentoring but focuses more on professional direction and coaching, competency development and institutional change. It is a service provided to individuals, foundations, churches, mission agencies, businesses (including Business as Mission), schools and other types of educational organizations.
Consulting refers to assessment (off or on-site), professional coaching, evaluation, insight and wisdom to guide a person, team or organization to effectively carry out its long-term strategic mission, projects and programs. Bill’s life-long background of tested relationships and international cross-cultural experience enable him to make a unique contribution to the consultative process.
Examples of consulting
Serving for 29 years with the Mission Commission, World Evangelical Alliance.
Investing in selected younger leaders as they grow into global leadership.
Working with gifted and visionary emerging leaders with unique contributions to world mission, whether Business-as-Mission, leadership training, micro-enterprise or other ventures.
Engaging educational institutions, mission agencies, churches and foundations as they evaluate their history, mission, purpose, projects, programs and future.
Serving churches, agencies and schools re-envisioning their reason for existence, mission or changing future.
An case in point: when a church is either designing or re-envisioning their missionary candidate, training for either ministry or cross-cultural mission,, sending and supporting structures, an outside voice of worldwide experience can be of incalculable assistance.
Another case in point: issues related to attrition and retention of missionaries. Bill was fully engage in the two multi-national studies on attrition (books, Too Valuable to Lose, and Worth Keeping). His practical, hands-on experience of 50 years of ministry has given him an invaluable data base of personal case studies as well as statistical reports.