Q. How Do JHMinistries Leadership Partnerships Work?John Hurlbut Ministries (JHMinistries) is a 501c3 nonprofit ministry that partners with local church pastors and leaders of community organizations to provide strategic leadership assistance through partnerships. Functionally, JHMinistries comes alongside an organization to develop organizational or volunteer leaders for a predetermined period of time. Organizations use JHMinistries by filling out an initial questionnaire that acts as an inventory to gauge where the prospective church or community organization would like assistance. Once the needs are determined, John Hurlbut and associates will work with the organization in its community setting to map out obtainable objectives focused on leadership development among the organizations emerging leaders. Although the form of leadership development will change based on the organization’s need (i.e. team building, coaching, musical worship leadership, Bible teaching, discipleship, coaching/consulting, preaching, small group ministry, recovery ministry), the overall goals and predetermined objectives agreed upon at the onset of the partnership will not change. Consideration for every church and nonprofit organization is weighed by JHMinistry core values and doctrinal alignment, submitted to the Board, and then filtered by schedule allowances.
Q. Who operates JHMinistries?The organization’s Executive Director, John Hurlbut, will administer JHMinistries along with the board of directors. John Hurlbut relationally seeks out churches and nonprofit organizations who are in need of ministry leadership. John Hurlbut will work with and for local ministries in order to enhance their mission and overall effectiveness in their respective community setting. John is uniquely qualified through both his education and experience. Educationally, John has a B.A. in Communication Studies (UNT ’02), a Graduate Certificate in Youth Ministry (Fuller Theological Seminary ’06), and a Masters Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th. M. ’10). In combination with this, John also has over 15 years of ministry experience serving various ministries and para-church ministries. To date, John has held positions such as: oversees missionary, student pastor, college pastor, worship pastor/leader, and guest preacher/teacher.
Q. Do you work with any denomination or group?JHMinistries would love to serve alongside your ministry or group as long as you agree to the core beliefs.
Q. What does JHMinistries provide to churches? JHMinistries provides onsite preaching and preaching development, teaching and lead teacher training, staff training and team building, interim and long-term onsite coaching, worship team coaching coupled with equipping and leadership, small group team building and leadership assessment, youth ministry team building with leadership assessment, organizational staff leadership development, strategic planning, and general consulting.
Q. What does JHMinistries provide to nonprofit organizations?JHMinistries provides community assessment inventories, focused motivational training, staff encouragement, strategic partnerships with other nonprofits and faith-based organizations, and community volunteer partnerships.
Q. Is your ministry a Para-church ministry? Yes, JHMinistries comes alongside existing organizations to help them reach their goals and develop their leaders from within their organization.
Q. How long does JHMinistries work with a church or organization? JHMinistries believes that people development takes place in leader to leader relationships over a period of time. Because of this, JHMinistries works with a church or organization for a set time to agreed upon goals that have been determined in advance. Typically, the length of time is determined by the the clear objectives that are set. Partnership with a nonprofit community organization typically lasts for a shorter period of time and can involve staff development and training, strategic planning, and various forms of consulting.
Q. Does JHMinistries charge for its services?
For Church related ministries:JHMinistires believes that effective partnership happens when both parties have invested in the people potential of its organization. Though JHMinistries is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, the Board of Directors has decided that it is best to have a suggested donation schedule for churches and ministries to follow. This is a voluntary donation (which is heavily subsidized by donor gifts and contributions) to follow when partnering with organizations. Please consult the link to view the suggested donation schedule. JHMinistires will also gladly partner with your ministry for a love offering or congregational offering. Guest ministry is rendered freely as a gift to community ministries. However, donations are appreciated and help cover expenses to continue funding the ministry.
For Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations:Since JHMinistries believes strongly in the work that community based nonprofits accomplish, all assistance is rendered gratis. However, donations are appreciated and help cover expenses to continue funding the ministry.
Q. How is JHMinistries supported? JHMinistries is supported exclusively through charitable giving by individuals who contribute financial gifts freely and ministry partnerships who give according to the suggested donation schedule.
Q. Who are some of the churches and that JHMinistires has partnered with and what were the results?Please see the Portfolio of Ministry Results (coming soon...)
Q. My Board of Elders or Ministry Team desires that anyone functioning in a visible ministry position in our church should be on staff. Therefore, how can we utilize JHMinistries?This is a legitimate question and one that is frequently asked as we work with churches who are in need of experienced ministry leadership to meet an immediate need or new ministry demands. The advantage of bringing someone in from outside your church or ministry is threefold. First, though a staff hire may be the ideal situation, the path to obtaining the right person may take some time. Additionally, many ministries experiencing growth transitions may not be able to financially offer what is needed to attract the right candidate and immediately fill the ministry position. In the meantime, committed people within the ministry are looking to grow and serve the body but have no visible leadership to assist them. Therefore, while the church is locating and searching for the next hire, JHMInistries can offer interim leadership in multiple areas to meet the present need while preparing the people to effectively grow in their capacities as servants; fully equipped within the body of Christ. Often, we can effectively develop a lay leader to fill the ministry position without having to go outside the community of the church. Secondly, JHMinistries can function in a guest capacity to augment your leadership base by investing into strategic leaders. Although the effect of guest ministry is beneficial, the lasting fruit of guest ministry is often marginal since there is no relational platform to adequately address sub-surface leadership concerns. JHMInistries functions in a guest capacity by offering consulting, guest musical worship, preaching, teaching, training, and leadership development or can tailor create a way to adequately address the need within your organization. However, we have found that there is far greater Kingdom effectiveness when we can work alongside your ministry for a set time to invest in the leaders of your church with clear goals. The third way that you can use JHMinistries is as a networking and support resource. All resources are fully transferable and reproducible within your ministry. JHMinistries can also assist you in consulting in a specific area of your ministry. With vast experience in musical worship, student ministry, missions and church planting, JHMinistries would love to help solve any Great Commission problems that your organization is experiencing.
Q. If JHMinistries will be working alongside my church or ministry for an extended period of time, can we label the relationship a ‘staff’ relationship? Since JHMinistries is it own entity, you may not label the position a ‘staff role.’ However, you may title the position pastorally or use any other designation that is agreed upon that communicates the appropriate role clearly and transparently to leaders within your ministry.
Q. Who Does JHMinistries report to? John Hurlbut reports directly to the Board of Directors who also conduct yearly performance reviews. Additionally, John Hurlbut receives performance reviews from all the ministries he partners with.
Q. I would like to use JHMinistries but I am concerned that it will not be committed to what my church or ministry is doing because he is not on staff. JHMinistires can assure you that we are committed to seeing your ministry grow effectively; engaging people to become Christ-centered laborers. We realize that the ‘staff’ term has a sense of security attached with it. However, the role of JHMinistries is to reach clear, compelling goals in a specified time frame that involve your future leaders. Therefore, accountability is built into the relationship by advanced strategic planning.
Q. How do I get in relationship with JHMinistries? Please fill out the initial questionnaire which provides pertinent info about your ministry or nonprofit organization and submit it online. Once received it will be reviewed and you will be contacted to discuss your goals and timeline in detail. Following this conversation, You will receive a letter and a preliminary plan of action for your ministry situation. Once the final details of the plan are agreed upon, we can engage in fruitful partnership together.