Dr Ian Duncum is a trained and accredited (with John Mark Ministries) church & non-profit consultant, helping hundreds of churches of various denominations to maximise their growth or deal with issues blocking growth and health. Alongside this, Ian provides training for ministers, church leaderships and others.
Ian has been mentoring and coaching Christian leaders for many years, and this personal and skill development has helped many to take up significant church or para-church positions. Recently Ian has added pastoral supervision to provide a supportive space to reflect on ministry practice, and develop as a person and a minister (Member Australian Christian Mentoring Network, Member Australian Association of Supervision).
Ian has held denominational leadership roles in church health/development and consultancy training/supervision, plus a tertiary research position with NCLS Research/ACU.
Ian is an accredited minister with a track record of growing and revitalising churches. This includes a church which had declined for 37 years before Ian, growing from 60 to 160 attenders in five years. Ian has also pastored in two churches over 400 attenders.
Ian is passionate about church health and seeing churches move strongly into a changing future, impacting their local communities. Ian is the co-founder of the Australian Church Health Network, a place where church health practitioners can learn together. Ian's doctoral research into the impact of church consultancy on church vitality and growth, is published as The Impact of Church Consultancy (order here). Ian has also contributed chapters to Congregational Transformation in Australian Baptist Church Life and Baptists Responding to Cultural Diversity and authored or co-authored numerous articles.
Ian is married to Joanne, a speech pathologist, and they have two sons. For relaxation, Ian enjoys playing tennis, 4WD, reading, and renovating.
How I Can
CHURCH and NON-PROFIT CONSULTing
Ian is passionate about church and organisational health and seeing churches & non-profits move strongly into a changing future. For some churches, that involves building even greater capacity, leadership, outreach and vision for the next stage of growth. Many churches find it useful to have an external evaluation every two or three years. And for other churches, Ian assists that church process specific issues such as conflict, decline, crisis recovery, or pastoral transition.
mentoring & PASTORAL SUPERVISION
Mentoring ranges from the inner life of spirituality and character to the outworking of those things in relationships, leadership, and ministry. Areas of focus and desired outcomes are developed by those being mentored and through meeting 8 to 10 times a year (face to face or virtually) for 1.5 hours each time, these goals are pursued together.
Pastoral Supervision provides a supportive space to reflect on ministry practice, and to assist with examining ways in which personal and spiritual issues can interfere with effective ministry. The goal is to develop as a minister and person. Meetings are 8 to 10 times a year (face to face or virtually) for 1.5 hours each time.
Ian trains and supervises denominational church consultancy teams which work with program evaluation, church governance, vision and direction, pastoral transitions, staff team reviews, and navigating times of conflict. Denominations then benefit from having healthier churches, a number of trained consultants who can work alongside denominational staff, and 'in-house' trainers who can equip and supervise more consultants in their movement.
Ian facilitates training in church revitalisation, multicultural ministry, church and pastoral transition, leadership and governance, disruptive innovation for plateaued and declining churches, recovery from church trauma, conflict prevention and management, vision and strategic planning (usually whole church workshop), pastoral thriving and burnout, as well as other areas.