Get to Know Alan Danielson

As you know, I’m a full-time consultant and feed my family by consulting and secret shopping churches. However, I want to take today to encourage you to get to know another consultant and friend of mine – Alan Danielson. I think it’s worth your time to consider bringing him into your church, especially with his summer special. Alan specializes in small groups, multi-site and has a new Triple-Threat Leadership training that he’s doing. Read a blog that Alan just wrote to tell you about what he can do for your church:

I absolutely LOVE helping pastors and leaders build the best ministries and organizations possible.  I can give your organization a boost related to leadership development, outreach, small groups, and multi-site ministry.  I’d be happy to talk to you about how I can help set you and your team up for more success!


My proprietary “Triple-Threat Leadership” system will allow you see leadership through a truly new and simple lens.  It will help you see your own personal strengths and blind spots as well as revealing the default leadership approach of and blind spots within your entire organization.  Read here for a series of short blog posts describing “Triple-Threat Leadership” and then contact me about taking your team through a one-day training/assessment or about setting up a several month coaching relationship where you will truly be developed into a “Triple-Threat Leader”.

TRIPLE-THREAT LEADERSHIP SUMMER SPECIAL!! Summer is the right time to talk about leadership development.  Since fall is when life gets back into full-swing and normal rhythms, it just makes sense to gear up and work on leadership skills during the summer.  Let me help you this summer by offering a 35% discount from my normal rate.  I typically don’t list prices on my site, but for this summer I’m throwing caution to the wind!  My normal rate of $1000 (plus travel) for a one-day, on-site training event for your staff will be discounted to $650 during the months of June and July!!!  Your team will be challenged and your ability to make great leadership choices will be fundamentally improved!  Contact me to set up your event TODAY!



I’ve been a conference speaker for Willow Creek, Saddleback and  Training leaders and challenging their paradigms is on of my specialties.  My genuine and funny style are sure to engage your audience.


Evangelistic speaking is a gift and a passion!  I am always up for preaching/pulpit supply and evangelism/revial speaking engagements.


I’ll help you cast vision for your small group minsitry, push your leaders to move beyond their comfort levels, and disarm their fears through fun,  engaging and humorous communication.


I consult for churches through retainer contracts and one-off site visits.  Here are some of my areas of specialty.
>  Creating a small group ministry environment where evangelism, mission and outwardness are embraced.
>  Building a comprehensive small group system where groups survive and thrive. Includes:
-   Curriculum
-   Marketing Plans
-   Training Methods
-   Mission Strategies
>  Doubling your number of small groups.
>  Helping your new groups survive their first year.
>  Creating a scalable group model for Multi-Site Ministry.
>  Establishing a solid curriculum plan.
>  Transitioning from Sunday School to small groups.

For any of your speaking and/or consulting needs, please contact me and we’ll work to establish a contract that is appropriate for your budget.

Click here to hear some of my live event speaking samples.  Click here to see some of my pre-recorded teaching samples.

A Great Leadership Choice

As you know, I consult with churches across the nation. I love doing this and since I’m not currently on staff full-time at a local church, I get to do this more frequently (and it provides for my family). My friend, Alan Danielson, recently blogged about hiring a consultant. He’s a great consultant, too and the small groups guru for the Church. I suggest you get to know him. He’s in my blogroll to the right. Check out what he said in a recent blog post:

In my line of work I’ve learned there are three primary reasons people don’t hire consultants:

  1. They think they can’t afford a consultant.
  2. They think they don’t need advice from someone who isn’t living in their shoes.
  3. They don’t think they have time to mess with consulting and coaching.

Here’s why these three assumptions are wrong:

  1. Consultants are often willing to negotiate rates.  Consultants would rather work for a discounted rate than not work.  If you don’t like the rates they offer, make a counter offer.  Maybe they’d be willing to use some of their airline miles or stay in your extra bedroom.  Maybe they’ll knock off a percentage in exchange for some word-of-mouth advertising.
  2. Consultants bring a fresh perspective. Sometimes the best advice comes from people who aren’t walking in your shoes.  It’s easy to get so caught up in your own circumstances that you can’t see your blind spots.  Consultants can see those blind spots quickly and help you avoid them.
  3. Consultants help you earn your pay. The leader is an organization’s greatest asset.   You invest in your team because they are a great asset.  You invest in marketing, product development and customer relations because all of these are assets.  Sadly, most leaders spend little or no money investing in themselves.  What a tragedy!!  Without great leadership your organization will go nowhere.  You can’t afford NOT to hire a consultant.  Hiring a consultant is like bringing a conference to you…a custom-made conference just for your context.  Consultants make you better and what you do and therefore make you worth your salary.

Think about the biggest problem you are facing right now.  A consultant can help with that!  Think about the toughest leadership decision you’re facing right now.  A consultant can help with that!

Consultants can help you figure out:

  • Why your organization isn’t growing
  • Why you have a staff-revolving-door
  • Why your customers are leaving
  • Why people don’t seem to listen to you
  • Why people don’t see how truly great your product is
  • Why people are leaving your church for the one down the street
  • Why you loved your job last year and hate it today
  • Why ____________________ (fill in the blank)

Consultants are strategic leadership doctors!  So hire a consultant or coach and do it this week!  If you wait excuses will creep up and keep you from making a great leadership choice.  Whether it’s myself or someone else, figure out how and when to hire a consultant…you’ll be making a tragic leadership mistake if you don’t.

*** It’s Greg: This past Sunday I did a secret shopper for NorthStar – a great church in Atlanta. I’d love to secret shop your church. Get me in touch with your pastor.