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Dr Ian Duncum is a trained and accredited (with John Mark Ministries) church & non-profit consultant. Ian is an accredited minister with a track record of growing and revitalising churches over 20 years. 


He has worked with church leaders to facilitate hundreds of churches of various denominations to maximise their growth and deal with issues blocking growth and health.


Alongside this, Ian provides consultancy for denominations and training for ministers, church leaderships and others.


Ian has held denominational leadership roles in church health/development and consultancy training/supervision, and a tertiary research position with NCLS Research/ACU. 


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).

When might a consultancy be helpful for your Church?
  • When a church wants to review its health and direction - Vision/Mission/Value/Goal Statements.

  • When a church is going through a period of change - between pastors, growth, decline or other change

  • When assistance is required in times of difficulty/crisis.

  • When a church has lost its outreach edge with the local community.

  • When a church is struggling to raise up new leaders.

  • When a church chooses to have a pro-active health check. Many good churches do this.

You can download a free church health checklist here to help you reflect on your church's health.

What church consultancy is
  • A ministry aimed at serving and supporting the local church.

  • A valuable strategy aimed at improving the health of congregations so that they may have a greater impact for the Kingdom of God.

  • A collaborative process in which a church leadership enters into an agreement with a trained and experienced consultant, with the commitment of working together for the benefit of the local church.

  • A proven, evidence-based process being used by churches from a wide variety of denominations across Australia (see Ian's book The Impact of Church Consultancy here for how churches that had a consultancy were still significantly impacted in their growth and health five years after the consultancy).

What church consultancy is not
  • An imposed agenda, another program or a "quick-fix" solution. 

  • Something only for conflicted or unhealthy Churches. (Healthy churches will be proactive and see the value of consultancies to ensure they remain healthy!)

WHAT TO EXPECT in a church consultancy

Each church situation is unique and so different methods may be appropriate for each different church. Objectives are set by the local church - not the consultant. The aim of the consultancy process is to help the local church decide on its best course of action. The consultant's role is facilitating, guiding, listening and information gathering, communicating and recommending. Basically there are three phases to a consultancy: setting objectives in collaboration with the Leadership Team, gathering information through interviews and surveys, and reporting back with recommendations that link to the original objectives. Some training for the Leadership Team may be involved. To assist with implementation of the consultancy recommendations, coaching sessions for the Senior Pastor are included in packages.

To get more details about what is included and prices, please complete the contact form below (with consultancy in the subject line) or pop your name and email address into the chat box. Ian is experienced at conducting consultancies and leadership workshops over Zoom, which represents considerable savings for your church. Alternatively click the Book Now button below for a FREE, personalized 30-Minute consultancy strategy session over Zoom. 




Ian Duncum has wide ranging experience and expertise in Church health and development. Ian’s advice, input, support and prayer was invaluable over a period of two and a half years, helping us bring two local Churches together in a successful merger process. He assisted our initial discussions, the development of an enquiry team and then the formation of a merger team. Ian’s wisdom was essential in identification of underlying values, as well as matters of vision and mission for the merged Church. Ian’s ongoing mentoring of our senior leadership team has been a vital part of the successful birth and growing health of Connect Church. We highly recommend Ian Duncum as a Church consultant and are grateful for his input.


Mike McGarrity – Missional Leader     

Glenn Baigent – Pastoral Leader


Since your consultancy of our OOSH care non-profit two years ago (recommending restructuring and employing staff) our annual turnover has increased from $2M to $5M and we are serving more schools, parents and children.

Graydon Colville - Board Member

river community church

On behalf of the River Community Church Leadership I take this opportunity to thank you for your time, wisdom, compassion and advice you provided to the Leadership and the River Community Church during our current situation and transition...I personally thank you for listening and sharing your wisdom and assisting me with some of the challenges I experienced over the last few months.

Steve Rau - Elder

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