The Goehner Groups study of and report on our congregation has guided our long-range planning in countless ways. He did an excellent job of listening to our people and reflecting accurately what he heard in honest, yet gracious, ways. His insights into our ministry and recommendations for our future have proven to be just what we needed to chart our course for the 21st century. Don delivered what he promised in a timely manner and his professionalism was evident every step of the way.
Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
The Goehner Group conducted a feasibility and marketing study for us on behalf of our camp and conference center. Their report was widely praised for its thoroughness. We found the Goehner team to be very easy to work with, and very approachable in answering our questions. Their experience and competence was well evidenced in both the written and oral presentations. The study freed us up to glimpse the reality with which we must deal, and has released some energy that had been blocked because of confusion about environment in and outside our organization.
General Presbyter, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia
Results of our campaign -- $14.5 million. The Goehner Group conducted a capital campaign feasibility study by personally interviewing more than 100 of our staff and lay leaders, surveying our entire congregation, and observing our ministry firsthand. Don coached us to perform at our very best, customizing the training, timeline, and communications to our church's culture and goals. The preliminary results of our campaign -- $14.5 million will enable us to retire our debt, tithe 10 percent to missions and have money left over to pursue additional dreams God has placed on our hearts.
Administrative Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
The Goener team showed an extraordinary amount of professionalism, respect and care while conducting the capital campaign feasibility study, and then coordinating our campaign. This was very important, as it was the first time the church had ever worked with a consultant. The pastors and the entire church are highly appreciative of The Goehner Group's consulting services in the development and implementation of our capital campaign that resulted in the construction of our new $1.8 multipurpose center. I know we could not have done this without the help of The Goehner Group.
Co-pastor Genesis Baptist Church
The Goehner team understands local church ministry better than any organization I have known in my nearly 30 years of walking with and serving Jesus Christ. Their unusually strong gift of discernment helps pastoral search teams and leadership teams in find God's servant leader for their churches. The Goehner Group has a wide and deep pool of nationwide contacts for consideration.
President, Grace Global Network
From my work with congregations across the North America and overseas, I know of no one better than The Goehner Group in conducting pastoral searches. I use them constantly in our Northern California and Northwest Nevada region. When I work with congregations in the U.S. and Canada I recommend the Goehner team for their pastoral search processes. They not only work well with search committees, but have the widespread contacts to generate the best candidates.
Executive Minister, Growing Healthy Churches
San Ramon, California
God used The Goehner Group to bring us just the children's ministry leader He intended and our ministry moved forward beyond anyone's imagination. TGG's search process saved us dozens (if not hundreds) of precious hours, hours that would have otherwise been unavailable for ministry. We have truly been blessed by our association with The Goehner Group.
Former Director of Christian Education, Cherry Hills Community Church
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
No one comes close to The Goehner Groups search expertise; extensive experience working with churches and pastors, wisdom and insight to see beyond the surface of both parties and help provide the best match, pastoral candidates -- knows who (and where) they are, helps the church see what it really need, and a man of God who can spot a man of God. There are many out there who attempt to do what Dennis does, but he is truly the best.
Lead Pastor, GateWay Church
Visalia, California )
We signed a contract with The Goehner Group for executive search services to find a president for our newly formed camping corporation, managing and operating three campground facilities located in Southern California. Our experience in this process with The Goehner Group was simply outstanding. Don was a suburb facilitator in arranging the logistics of the interview and acting as a trusted go-between during the negotiation process.
Board of Trustees Chairman, Presbyterian Camp & Conference Centers, Inc.
Big Bear Lake, California )
Redwood Chapel Community Church is alive, renewed and vibrant today due first and foremost to the grace and mercy of God. Yet humanly speaking, Redwood is back on its feet and united in pursuing a God-shaped vision due largely to the fine work of the Goehner Group.
Senior Pastor, Redwood Chapel Community Church
Castro Valley, CA
The Goehner Groups clear direction was a huge confidence-booster to members of our capital campaign steering committee, and their support was so encouraging when they were feeling overwhelmed. The team was a great help as they reminded me over and over again of our church's strength, health, and vision. The Goehner Group helped us discover that we are capable of doing far more than we believed possible. In the end, the most important benefit of our capital campaign was not the money raised, but our congregation's discovery of its own ability and commitment.
Pastor, The United Church of Christ in Bayberry
Liverpool, New York
We retained The Goehner Group to assist us with a feasibility study which was followed by direct consultation throughout our building campaign fund drive. Don proved to be just the right person to help us get to the issues and move through the process. He was accessible, personable and forthright at every point along the way. His wealth of wisdom in the field of consulting with non-profit and church organizations was invaluable.
Former Senior Pastor, Woodinville Alliance Church
I asked Don to come to The Chapel and train our campaign committee for successfully meeting with the leadership givers of our church. Don understood and supported our desire to avoid a high-pressure campaign and conduct a stewardship drive that would depend upon God and His work in the hearts and lives of His people. Don is an expert in capital campaigns, but he also has a heart focused on God, on furthering the Great Commission, and on training and helping God's people to give generously and biblically.
Former Campaign Director, The Chapel
Goehner Group co-conducted a capital campaign feasibility study by personally interviewing more than 100 of our staff and lay leaders, surveying our entire congregation, and observing our ministry firsthand. Don coached us to perform at our very best, customizing the training, timeline, and communications to our church's culture and goals. The preliminary results of our campaign -- $14.5 million ? will enable us to retire our debt, tithe 10 percent to missions and have money left over to pursue additional dreams God has placed on our hearts.
Administrative Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Goehner Group conducted a comprehensive all-church survey involving hundreds of people, and another several hundred in focus groups, doing so in a friendly, professional, and competent manner. TGG was also involved in a thorough evaluation of our pastoral staff, providing us with accurate and appropriate recommendations for our staffing decisions.
B. Wade Estes
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church