The Phebe Project: Church Consulting

In a nutshell: I help churches and ministries assess the current state of their ministries, execute strategic planning, and optimize their web presence so that they can get unstuck and moving forward, grow their congregations, and extend their ministries to reach more people for Christ.

Romans 16:1,2 – KJV

1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

Phebe was a servant of the church. She was a succourer of many, which is someone who provided help or assistance, especially in a time of difficulty. I am pleased to offer church consulting to the body of Christ through The Phebe Project, a project of Michelle Speaks Life!

I have been a missionary since 1994. Part of home missions is helping to build church membership. Street meetings, outreach efforts, new member and visitor ministries, various church auxiliary efforts, church events, charity efforts and more all contribute to building churches. Having been a member of 4 churches since 1976, and having held various positions in church, planned and executed church events, participated in business meetings, and worked in a national church organization, I have seen what works, and what doesn’t in church.

Also, having been an Operations executive in a non-profit association, I understand how to run a business and conduct strategic planning to achieve business objectives and grow membership. This, coupled with my years of experience in website design, creating written communication for churches (letters, programs, brochures, websites, etc.) and working closely with all levels of church leadership, has prepared me to share how a comprehensive church assessment and strategic planning can provide vital information and instill a process to build church membership and assist the smooth running of the business aspects of church.

Details on Church Consulting services:

Church/Ministry Assessment

Michelle Smith will travel to your location, interview you and your church staff, examine your structure, finances, service effectiveness, church marketing, printed materials and more. She will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your ministry and provide recommendations for improvements or future strategic direction. Michelle will also recommend action steps to move you toward your stated ministry goals.

The goal of this assessment is to identify any gaps that exist in the ministry, and to make recommendations to close those gaps. Higher levels of ministry excellence will result from the process of gathering this information, and from the resulting report. The examination of these issues helps to shine a light on what the church has been doing, and what directions the church may need to take to continue to be relevant in the future. Contact me today for a free consultation and to discuss bringing my consulting services to your church.

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Strategic Planning for Churches/Ministries

The perfect next step after Church Ministry Assessment is developing a strategic plan for the future. Michelle Smith will guide you and your church/ministry staff through the strategic planning process. This process will help refine and communicate your church or ministry mission and vision, identify the key auxiliaries or ministries that contribute to that mission, and set near term, mid term and long term objectives for each department. Yearly review of the progress of your strategic plan will keep your church moving forward in fulfilling the Great Commission.

What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic planning is the process by which churches, businesses, and other organizations set near-term, mid-term, and long term objectives to realize the vision and mission of the organization. It is an ongoing process with time designated yearly for review and updating of organization objectives. It serves to monitor the completion of, or progress toward, stated objectives and keeps the organization moving forward.  It allows for course corrections in response to external and internal circumstances that effect the ministry. In small churches strategic planning is typically driven by the pastor or other church leaders, such as the chairman of the deacon or trustee board, or church COO, along with a committee of church department leaders. In large churches a Strategic Planning Committee is formed to direct the planning activities, and other committees are formed to handle various aspects and report back to the Strategic Planning Committee.

No matter who is driving the effort, strategic planning cannot be done in a vacuum. It is an opportunity to start a conversation with key church leaders and/or the wider congregation and answer questions like: What kind of ministry are we? What is God calling this ministry to do? What does success look like? What is the action plan to get to, or improve upon, success? Listening to feedback is important in understanding where the church is currently, so the planning can properly outline where the church is going. This kind of assessment of “where we are now” can be accomplished by the Strategic Planning Committee, or you can have a Church Ministry Assessment done by the consulting arm of Michelle Speaks Life! Christian Coaching. (see above for more information on Church Ministry Assessment)

How strategic planning benefits a church or ministry:

Most churches are involved in outreach efforts with an eye toward growing membership and getting souls saved. The question to be answered, is whether the local church is ready on every level for an influx of souls? Does the church have what it needs in place and waiting for them when they get there? Just as companies must strategically plan for growth and expansion, churches must do the same. 

  • Strategic planning benefits the church by allowing organized discussion of the strategic direction. It allows the vision and mission of the church to be clearly communicated among the leadership and the members. 
  • It allows for course corrections and helps track accountability for results. 
  • Ongoing planning allows for discussion of expansion efforts, and keeps the ministry moving forward. 

Michelle is currently offering an 8 week teleseminar course to help church leaders learn more about church strategic planning. For more information and to register for this course, visit

Website Design

Website design is one of the more modern communication methods that is underutilized in the church. Web evangelism is still a new concept for some. The Internet affords the people of God a new way to reach the lost, and to encourage each other. Does your church have a website? If not, you are missing out on one of the main tools the younger generation uses to gather information. Michelle Speaks Life! church consulting can help.

Michelle offers simple, effective, user friendly websites for churches, businesses, and individuals. She work with you to get you an affordable web presence that you can maintain. If you are interested in having a website built, then fill out the QUOTE REQUEST FORM on her sister site, and she will submit a proposal with site structure, pricing, and time to completion.

To schedule a free consultation regarding these or any other services, click APPOINTMENTS and BOOK NOW.

Blessings and Favor,

Michelle Olivia Smith