On-Demand Video Certification

Church Consultation University (CCU)

Become a Certified Church Consultant

Join Thom Rainer and Sam Rainer for this video-based training and learn how to combine your experience with these consulting tools to help churches increase their Kingdom impact.

    • Licensed certification
    • Step-by-step training
    • Personal mentor
    • Updated workbook and PDFs
    • Templates for client proposals & reports
    • Case studies


Church Consultation University (CCU)

Become a Certified Church Consultant

The Premier Certification for Leaders who want to Become Church Consultants

Churches all over North America need guidance and coaching. With Church Consultation University, you’ll be fully equipped to help churches reach their true potential as they fulfill their mission to go and make disciples.  If you’re passionate about seeing churches make a kingdom impact, this program is for you. We provide all the training you need with our self-paced video training modules.

Who is the certification for?

  • Pastors and church leaders looking to improve as individual leaders.
  • Denominational leaders looking to help churches in their region or associations.
  • Pastors and church leaders with a desire to make a gospel impact.
  • Retired pastors or church leaders who want to continue to add value to gospel kingdom impact.
  • Professional church consultants in the areas of stewardship, architecture, law, and staffing.
  • Pastors or church leaders who desire to help other churches.
  • Pastors and church leaders who would like to make some money on the side.

Meet Your Leadership & Faculty

Thom Rainer Headshot

Thom S. Rainer

Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach
Read Thom’s Bio

Sam Rainer

President & Senior Coach
Read Sam’s Bio

Chuck Lawless Headshot

Chuck Lawless

Church Answers Coach
Read Chuck’s Bio

Art Rainer Headshot

Art Rainer

Church Answers Coach
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Jess Rainer Headshot

Jess Rainer

Church Answers Coach
Read Jess’s Bio

Tyrone Barnett

Church Answers Coach
Read Tyrone’s Bio

Jacki C. King

Church Answers Coach
Read Jacki’s Bio

Jana Biesecker

Vice President, Customer Experience

Church Consultation Administration

How the Certification Course Works

Video-Based Learning

Course work happens online and is on demand. Participants can work at their own pace.


Multiple resources are available for each module to help participants with course work and consultations.


Every participant will be assigned a mentor as they progress through certification.

6 Months Access to Church Answers

Church Answers Central is an online community of 1,500+ church leaders. CCU participants will be able to converse with leaders about current trends in the church.

Publicized Certification

All graduates will be published on the CCU consultants directory.

Professional Certification Diploma

All graduates will receive a certification diploma.

Money-Back Guarantee

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with Church Consultation University you may receive a full refund. Request must be submitted within the first 30 days. No questions asked.

  • “The CCU program has been refreshing and inspiring. For years, I felt the call to help serve other churches through consultation. However, I was reluctant because I felt limited. However, I now have a shiny new toolbox and grounded confidence to help revitalize the church.”

    Roger Haithcock
    Winterville, NC
  • “I have been completely booked with consulting since June, and I am now working with three separate churches. This is abundantly more than I could have hoped for, and I am grateful for the excellent practical help from CCU.”

    Pat Conner
    Georgetown, TX
  • Whether you are a pastor, experienced or aspiring church consultant, or a disciple desiring the best for Christ’s church, the CCU program will equip you to make the Gospel impact that God has placed in your heart.  I am a pastor and have been a congregational development consultant for many years.  The CCU program enriched my ability to lead and consult with timely and contemporary practical tools, mentoring support, and easily accessible resources.  It is a wonderful learning community where you can be encouraged to grow into your call to bring revitalization to the church.

    Virginia Head
    Ontario, Canada
  • I knew that I had to rediscover the American church when sickness brought me off the mission field in 2016. My family and I served with the International Mission Board for almost 19 years. During our time on the field, we encouraged and challenged churches to be global in their outreach.

    We have since found a local church to serve in, but I still wanted to have a platform to do ministry for the church at large and help it recapture its transformational ministry. Church Consultation University has given me the education and tools I need to help the church be a vital piece of the community and its commission.

    Keith Wofford
    Joplin, Missouri

Church Consultation Certification University

Register now to improve your skills and equip churches to have greater gospel impact.

Every church could use an outsider’s perspective to help them reach their full potential. In the same way that God uses outside influences to disciple us individually, a church consultant can guide a church to areas of growth. If you desire to be an instrument for gospel impact, this is the certification for you.

Case Studies
Updated Workbook
Mentoring Calls

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements for acceptance?
    • At least five years of ministry experience.
    • A love for the local church and her leaders.
  • Who will be my mentor?

    A member of the Church Answers coaching team.

  • Where do I find potential clients?

    Church Consultation University makes no promises for the certified consultant to get clients. We do, however, provide proven ways for the consultant to find his or her own clients. Most first-year certified consultants can get two clients the first year.

  • How long does the certification take?

    The video courses are designed for the student to go at his or her own pace. Most students can complete the certification in nine months or less. If the student needs time beyond twelve months, he or she can request an extension up to another six months.

More Questions?

Contact us at 615-669-8201 or email [email protected] for assistance.