"Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory."
- Proverbs 11:14 NASB
Areas of Expertise
SCOLBE services are designed to help your ministry fulfill its vision, mission and purpose. Our advisors want to see your ministry grow: they will provide honest recommendations for action they believe will be of value. Together, we can help your ministry address challenges and build a proactive strategy to strengthen your organization.

Financial Matters
SCOLBE advisors have the experience and expertise to help your ministry better communicate financial information to its board of directors and congregation.We can assist you in analyzing financial data to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations as well as ensure that your administrative functions are supporting the mission of your ministry.

We can provide:
  • Training on how to understand financial statements
  • Help in developing informative comparative financial and operating reports
  • Help in negotiating loans or identifying available financing resources

Strategic Planning
Seeing the big picture sometimes takes another perspective. We'll help set a course for your ministry's mission and vision by considering your organization's unique leadership and culture.Your advisor will determine goals for the short and long term and recommend an action plan.

We can provide:
  • Guidance in developing a business, capital and/or operating plan
  • A facilitator for your next planning retreat
  • A thoughtful, focused planning process

Resource Development
Our experienced advisors can help an organization find the appropriate focus on stewardship.The SCOLBE team has the tools and perspective to design a planned giving program, as well as help your ministry communicate its needs to the members of your congregation and community at large.

We can provide:
  • Help in preparing a grant request for a prospective major donor
  • Assistance in developing and implementing a planned giving program establishing an endowment, and/or creating a foundation
  • Help in recruiting the right development officer for your ministry
  • Help in preparing policies and procedures to manage major unrestricted gifts received by your ministry

Risk Management
SCOLBE can evaluate the strength and security of your current practices and build a strong risk management program. Our advisors can assist with evaluating policies, procedures and practices and recommend ways to mitigate risk.

We can provide:
  • Help assessing the adequacy of your insurance coverage program
  • Help preparing and implementing a personnel policy and procedures manual
  • An evaluation process of internal controls to help prevent fraud and/or misappropriation of money received by your ministry

Communications and Public Relations
Your image is represented in every communication you have with your members and community. SCOLBE can help you hone that image in a manner befitting a faith-based organization.We'll help you develop effective strategies for reaching out to members and the public to build more effective connections, using low-cost and no-cost ways to communicate.

We can provide:
  • Help in preparing effective publications and other communications
  • Help in creating or improving your Web site
  • Help in assessing the effectiveness of your outside signage

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
Your volunteers are one of your strongest resources and most important voices for spreading Christ's message. A SCOLBE advisor can identify ways to build and grow your volunteer base so your ministry can multiply its efforts more effectively.

We can provide:
  • Help in structuring a volunteer recruitment and retention program
  • Assistance with writing job descriptions for your volunteers
  • Help in developing an effective volunteer recognition program

Governance
SCOLBE advisors will analyze your current governance model, policy, and procedure to determine how they might be streamlined, yet remain effective. Together, we'll help keep your ministry moving forward, enabling your lay leaders to spend less time in meetings, and more time in your mission.

We can provide:
  • Training for lay leaders on setting agendas for conducting productive meetings
  • Help developing an orientation manual for new board members or lay ministry leaders
  • Help in recruiting board members with diversified talents

Information Technology (IT)
Technology is a critical part of today's ministry operation and programs. We will help your organization identify ways to use IT to communicate, organize information and maintain data. SCOLBE experts can provide guidance and resources for developing a Web presence and offering training for staff.

We can provide:
  • Assistance in establishing or maintaining electronics databases for membership, giving roster, financial data, scheduling meetings, and/or new members and prospects information
  • Help maintaining permanent archives and other historical data
  • Help with setting up reliable systems for backing up important files