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I am grateful we chose to work with Intentional Churches and just brought them back for a second year. Our staff and lay leadership has reached a whole new level with their help! The clarity from the strategic planning process and ongoing coaching has built incredible momentum in our ministry. If you are serious about reaching people for Christ and maximizing your leadership, give them a call.

Nate Schaus, Senior Pastor // Summit Community Lutheran Church // Buckeye, AZ

Intentional Churches completely changed the trajectory of The Crossing. When we hired I.C. we were considering some decisions that seemed right at the time, but would have taken us completely off mission. I.C. not only helped us identify those things, but they came alongside us to strategically go through a process that helped us to double in size. They helped us with our long-term vision as well as with the short-term strategies that kept us growing even when we didn’t have space. I.C. was worth every penny that we paid them and they continue to work with us to this day.

Shane Philip, Senior Pastor // The Crossing // Las Vegas, NV

For a few years I knew that we needed a fresh direction, but I couldn’t seem to get us moving. Last year Bart, Aaron and Mike at Intentional Churches began to help us and now we have direction and a process to help us keep moving in the direction the Lord has for us in the future. I am encouraged and excited about the future! I am especially grateful for the process they use which does not tell us what to do but helps guide us as we discover the right directions for our church. The guys are not pushy, they are godly men who are humble yet honest. I highly recommend Intentional Churches.

Keith Evans, Lead Pastor // Greater Gresham Baptist Church  // Gresham, OR

IC are not theory guys and what they are challenging us to think through is really benefiting us. I’ve been leery of consultants in the past and IC broke the mold. They weren’t advice givers as much as facilitators leading our team to come up with the right solutions. We “owned” the content. I can honestly say it was worth every penny. The ongoing coaching has helped us reach more people and launch our first multi-site location which has doubled in size in its first eleven weeks! We were a plateaued church but now we are a missional community again. I would not only recommend IC, I am hiring them again so we can learn to grow our church the way they teach you to do it.

Joshua Finley, Lead Pastor // Elim Gospel Church // Lima, NY

We called Intentional Churches to help us navigate through some of our challenges we were experiencing as a growing Church. I was amazed how Intentional Churches adapted to our church culture and style. We never felt pressured to change who were were, only to think through how we can reach more people for Christ and to help them grow. We have been able to implement some of the suggestions made by Intentional Churches and are continuing to do so as we move forward. This process and partnership have been invaluable for our pastors and leadership team.

Steve Smith, Associate Pastor // Linworth Baptist Church // Worthington, OH

Any church could benefit from working with Intentional Churches. We got a shot of vision and adrenaline at a critical time in the life of our church. We are so grateful to have trusted, seasoned leaders help us think clearly and strategically about practical steps to become what God has called us to be in our community!

Mike Hickerson, Lead Pastor // Mission Church // Ventura, CA

These guys are the real deal. I love the fact that they don’t use a cookie-cutter approach. They have a skill set that not many of us have and can help us all go to another level.

Dave Stone, Senior Pastor // Southeast Christian Church // Louisville, KY

I liken hiring Intentional Churches to using a counselor for your marriage or emotional issues. We ALL need help. I tell couples that counseling is a lot cheaper than divorce. I feel the same about Intentional Churches. We were recently stuck in our efforts to reach lost people, we were waiting on the building of another campus to get us going again. Then we brought them in and they pointed out a problem that we didn’t think we could fix, and helped us fix it. Now we are growing again. It’s that simple.

Tim Harlow, Senior Pastor // Parkview Christian Church // Orland Park, IL

I always keep two churches in mind, the church we are and the church by God’s grace we can become. But our partnership with Intentional Churches has inspired me and our team dream of going further faster to advance the greatest cause in the world. With their skillful guidance, we diagnosed some roadblocks we didn’t know we had and they gave us the tools for taking giant strides forward. These highly seasoned church leaders are passionate about making more and better disciples.

Gene Appel, Senior Pastor // Eastside Christian Church // Anaheim, CA