Comprehensive Church Consultation

Every church has unanswered questions:

Why is my church not growing?
Is my church healthy?
Do I really know my church’s local community?
Can my current leadership help us reach the next level?

Our consultation team is is here to help you find answers. We specialize in helping you gain insights into your church’s community, congregation, and leadership. Church Answers Consulting started in 1988, and since then we’ve served hundreds of churches and organizations in North America. Led by Sam Rainer and Thom S. Rainer, the team is comprised of a network of trusted experts from a variety of fields.

Practical Solutions for Your Church

If you’re considering a consultation, you need:

✅ Practical help
❌ Not high-level theory
✅ A comprehensive solution
❌ Not partial answers

Because of the technology tools available, our team can complete most consultations virtually and reduce the church’s costs dramatically. The process is simple but thorough. For those churches who desire an in-person consultation, our team is experienced and prepared to meet your needs.

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Our Unique Approach

We serve churches of all sizes—from small churches to megachurches. We help you connect the dots between your community, your congregation, and your leadership. It’s this three-part approach to our consultations that enables us to serve your church by offering a comprehensive assessment.

How Can Church Consulting Help?

  • Church revitalization
  • Multi-site implementation
  • Creating a vision
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership assessment
  • Ministry transitions
  • Reigniting growth
  • Strategic planning
  • Preparing for a new pastor

Church Answers Consulting Plans Include

Key Metrics

Statistical analysis of your church’s key metrics.

Know Your Church Report

A comprehensive Know Your Church Report survey for your congregation.

Know Your Community Report

A comprehensive demographic and psychographic survey of your church’s community.

Know Yourself Tool

A self-evaluative tool for your church leaders to assess their leadership qualities.

Know Your Budget Tool

An analysis of your church budget compared to other churches similar to your church.


Zoom teleconferences, including an initial interview, feedback and analysis, and a concluding report.

Consultation Report

A thorough and detailed written consultation report.

Facility Assessment

A facility assessment completed by our experienced consultants.

Website Analysis

A thorough analysis of the design and effectiveness of your church website.

Meet Your Church Consultants

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Thom S. Rainer

Founder & CEO
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Sam Rainer

President & Senior Consultant
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Chuck Lawless

Church Answers Senior Consultant
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Matt McCraw

Church Answers Senior Consultant
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Brad Waggoner

Church Answers Senior Consultant
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Ready to get started or want to know more?

If you are ready to get started with one of our Church Consultation plans, please fill out this form. We will follow up with you shortly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?

    Comprehensive Consultations are priced based on the size of your church, along with the scope and timeline of the project. Virtual Comprehensive Consultations begin at $6,000 for churches under 200 in attendance, $8,000 for churches between 200-499 in attendance, and $12,000 for churches over 500 in attendance.

    Please contact us directly for a price quote for onsite consultations. You can reach us at [email protected].

  • How long does the entire process take?

    Comprehensive Consultations can take anywhere between three months and a year.

  • What if we are in the middle of a senior pastor transition?

    Many believe this is the perfect time for a church consultation. Understanding the church’s current health could point to the ideal candidate.

  • Can a consultation really be done virtually?

    Yes, consultations can really be done virtually. Utilizing modern technology and experienced consultants, we can provide simple yet helpful virtual consultations. However, we are glad to discuss your particular needs if your church desires an in-person consultation.

More Questions?

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