Consult with Mike

Pulse of Your Staff

Get an Inside Update

Answer vital questions …

How are things going with your staff?

Are you getting accurate feedback?

Does your position make it hard for staff to share candidly?

It can be challenging for staff to share inner thoughts with leadership. Some staff fear they may lose their jobs. Others consider they may not get a raise again. This makes it hard to get ideas about culture, compensation and challenges. XPastor consultant, Mike Gould, conducts interviews with staff to get their perspectives on selected issues at your church.

  • Pulse of Your Staff is a one-on-one dialogue with four to seven of your staff. Through well-crafted and open-ended questions, people give a pulse reading.
  • Pulse of Your Staff gives leadership an awareness of issues, an objective sense of the culture of the church, and a view on how the staff see themselves.
  • Pulse of Your Staff has two options. Choose to get the results anonymously or with staff names. This must be decided before the staff discussions so that staff will know what will or will not be cited.

The process creates a safe place for staff to share their perspective, one that they may not always share directly with church leadership. Mike Gould, as XPastor’s Director of Connections and a Leadership Consultant has a four-fold process:

  1. Mike conducts in-depth dialogues with the staff members that you choose.
  2. He discusses the findings with Fletch for input
  3. A three to five page synthesis is prepared, detailing your pulse
  4. Mike debriefs the results with your leadership.

Individual Consulting

Level 2 Individual Consulting/Coaching with Mike Gould is focused time on you. You’ll feel like you’re with an old friend as you are coached and counseled through hurdles and pivotal moments in your ministry.

Level 2 takes a balanced approach to Pastoral Care coupled with Leadership Coaching. Mike himself has been coached at a high level by seasoned leaders—which has greatly shaped his approach to helping others through complicated times. Mike has pastored both large and small churches for over 20 years and is widely known for his ability to clarify vision and help others find personal balance in life.

Level 2 consists of a 12-month term to work through pressing issues and concerns of the individual. As needed, Level 2 can begin with an intensive period: two to four months of weekly dialogue. 

Retreat Option

Mike and his wife also offer a personal three-day retreat for one minister with his/her spouse in beautiful Central Virginia. The couple or individual will receive 3-4 hours of daily counsel and care, leaving hours of free time to enjoy the beauty surrounding them in this private setting. 

Mike and his wife, Karin, will host you in their B&B suite (brochure available upon request), nestled on a charming 100-acre lake in Forest, Virginia. You’ll have your own private floor on the terrace level that walks right out to Ivy Lake. The well known Peaks of Otter, just minutes away, are a perfect way to spend the afternoon and catch a sunset or even a sunrise. Our goal would be that you would leave refreshed and with a restored confidence in the calling God has for the next season of your church, staff team, and ministry.

About Mike

Mike is an accomplished senior leader, worship pastor and speaker who has served in ministry for over 20 years. He has pastored churches ranging in size from 300 to 3,000.

Mike has helped his churches develop their unique culture. He is a strong builder and refiner of teams. His knack for developing church staff, hiring well, working out differences of opinion within teams and treating employees with love and dignity, contributes to the overall health of the organization. Mike has a God-given skill for identifying and understanding how congregations respond—or don’t respond—to their churches’ messaging, branding and communication. Mike has unique insights for identifying church culture, creating warm and welcoming environments, and for setting the desired “tone” for worship services. He seems to effortlessly help ministries adapt to better reflect its culture, values and strengths.

He earned his Masters of Arts in Religion at Liberty University in 2003. Mike and his wife, Karin, live in Virginia with their four children. He enjoys songwriting in his free time and you can find his album It’s Not About Me on iTunes.

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