Looking for a better way to make decisions in your organization or faith group? Tired of using tools from the 1800’s to make crucial decisions today?
Making Church Decisions is for people who want to learn about consensus based decision-making. We want churches to make decisions in ways that are respectful, highly engaging and get results. We invite you to join this community of leaders.
Who we are
Julia is a layperson in the United Methodist Church who has served on the staff of the (Global) General Board of Discipleship based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her areas of expertise include: mediating disputes, assessing Congregational vitality, transforming conflict, and leading strategic change and visioning. Julia is a respected Keynote Leader, Facilitator and Consultant. Previous books include: “Partnersteps: Contemporary Cooperative Ministries” (Discipleship Ministries), and “Guidelines for the Small Church”(Abingdon). She produced the video “Small Churches Can Make a Big Difference!” (Discipleship Ministries). Julia has also written curriculum, articles and web resources.
Terence is an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA). He served 15 years as the General Secretary of the UCA Assembly. Terence was responsible for running many large national meetings for the Uniting Church using its consensus based approach to decision making. He has been engaged as a consultant in relation to alternative business procedures by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (twice), including for its 2017 General Council meeting in Leipzig Germany; and by the United Methodist Church (USA) for its 2016 General Conference. Terence is also a member of the Executive of the Christian Conference of Asia and a delegate to the 2016 meeting of the World Methodist Council. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a nationally accredited mediator.
We provide leaders with ideas, resources and conversations to bring change in the way their church does business. Learn how to be true to our Christian values. Leave behind meeting styles that result in power plays, aggression and damaged people.
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Terence and Julia are available to lead seminars and workshops on consensus building discernment. We facilitate, train and resource Conferences, Assemblies, and other decision-making bodies in consensus building discernment. We have written a book on discernment: The Church Guide For Making Decisions Together (Abingdon, May 2017).
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