Thanks to the support of Lilly Endowment, the In Trust Center for Theological Schools is able to offer Resource Consulting services to the presidents, boards, faculty, and administrative staff of its member schools.

Resource Consulting is front-line assistance that offers immediate help and quick answers — for example, advice on retaining a consultant, help with bylaws, or materials for a board education session. Resource Consultants can also provide longer-term assistance for leaders who are working to solve complex challenges, like financial viability, student debt, or potential mergers. 

Many Resource Consulting calls focus on sensitive and complicated issues like transitions, finances, and assessment, but simple cases are just as welcome. 

The philosophy behind Resource Consulting is that when your internal assets are combined with appropriate outside resources, you have the opportunity to make substantive changes at your institution and change your path for the better. 

How does Resource Consulting work?

  1. You contact the Resource Consulting team at (302) 654-7770 or resources@intrust.org. The goal of Resource Consulting is to empower leaders by giving them what they need to strengthen their institutions. Anyone affiliated with an In Trust Center member school can reach out. Presidents and board chairs are the most common, but others are welcome to contact the Resource Consulting team too — for example, a dean, board committee member, or an administrator planning a retreat. You don’t need to prepare anything to begin, since you and the Resource Consultant will start by discussing your specific needs. There is no question too elementary or too challenging. If you are on the board or staff of an In Trust Center member school, there is no charge for Resource Consulting.

  2. You are assigned a Resource Consultant who can offer help on a short- or long-term basis. Once you reach out to the Resource Consulting team, you’ll be assigned a Resource Consultant, who will stay with you until you have found your resource or worked through your challenge. If your question is simple, a phone call or email exchange may suffice, and the Resource Consultant may be able to point you very quickly to an article, document, or sample policy that you can adapt to your own situation. If you are facing more complexity, you and the Resource Consultant may continue to communicate for weeks or months.

  3. You retain control of the relationship and make your own decisions. Resource Consulting cases start with what you have and then move on to what you need in order to make the changes you identify.
    • Internal assets. First, you and the Resource Consultant determine what you are bringing to the table. In most cases, this means a discussion of your need or opportunity, but also an assessment of your “internal assets” — your leadership team, financial resources, and network of church and community support.
    • Outside resources. You and the Resource Consultant determine together what resources you need to solve your problems. Resources can take the form of books, articles, assessment tools, websites, expert consultants, connections to peer leaders, and more. Some of these outside resources may be free; you may need to pay for others.
    • Next steps. Once you’ve found the resources you need to move forward, the Resource Consultant can help you determine how to use the resource and what your next steps should be. In some cases, this means saying good-bye to the Resource Consultant. In other cases, it may mean working together on another challenge. 

For more information, got to www.intrust.org/resourceconsulting or call (302) 654-7770.

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