Help churches get healthy

Become a Certified Strategic Envisioning Guide.

Learn a Proven Process


Access Resources & Tools


Grow Your Consulting Ministry

Starting a consulting ministry is difficult because…


You need credibility with churches


You need to find consulting opportunities


You need a proven process that is customizable to each church


You need a community of others in the trenches


You need a financial model that is ministry-minded but doesn't burn you out

Getting certified with The Malphurs Group empowers you with the tools, processes, and community to grow a thriving consulting ministry.

Getting certified with The Malphurs Group is simple.

1. Submit your application.

2. Attend the training event.

3. Launch your consulting ministry.

Strategic Envisioning Guide Certification helps you become one of the best church consultants in the world.

Dr. Aubrey Malphurs is one of the most trusted names in church leadership. He has written over 20 books, which combined have sold more than 375,000 copies. Additionally, The Malphurs Group has worked with hundreds of churches to help them get healthy and make disciples.

By getting certified in the Strategic Envisioning process, you are learning how to use the same tools and workshops that have helped churches around the world thrive. 

Once completing the certification process, you will be listed in our directory and churches will be able to directly contact you. You can also network with churches on your own and use your certification with The Malphurs Group to give you the credibility you need.

The Malphurs Group is committed to ongoing training and support for our Guides. We offer quarterly live training (Guides are required to attend at least one per year), and host an ever-expanding library of tools, resources, and templates to help you serve churches.


Everything you need to succeed.

Exclusive License

You get the rights to use our Strategic Envisioning process.

Visibility & Credibility

Get listed in our directory and join a trusted brand.

Ongoing Resourcing

Get access to a resource library & regular training.

Community Support

Getting certified means joining a true team.

The Malphurs Group has been trusted by hundreds of churches:

Strategic Envisioning Certification by The Malphurs Group empowers…

Healthy Pastors

Have you been successful in your own ministry and want to be a blessing to other churches? Certification is great for leaders who want to give back.

Denominational Leaders

Are you entrusted with the responsibility of helping churches in your denomination get healthy? Our certification process gives you the tools you need to help your churches grow.

The Called

Do you feel a special call on your life to help revitalize struggling churches? The Malphurs Group shares your passion, and wants to equip you for this ministry.


What does it cost?

The certification fee is $2,500 which covers the cost of the live three-day training event, your first year’s license, and access to the online Guide Hub. There is a yearly $1,000 recertification fee, which is waived if you work with at least one church per year.

What is involved in the training process?

The Certification training process is in two key phases: On-Demand Video Training and a three-day Live Training (conducted virtually). You can see a full overview of the training process in this PDF.

How much will I make from consulting?

The Malphurs Group provides pricing guidelines during the certification process. Ultimately, how much you earn will depend on your ability to network with churches. Guides will earn back more than the cost of certification after working with their first church.

Do I have to share consulting fees with The Malphurs Group?

No. Churches you consult with must pay a registration fee to access our online training platform, which is a required part of the Strategic Envisioning process. But all consulting fees, coaching fees, and travel expenses go directly to you. We will teach you our recommended pricing guidelines as well as how to develop proposals and manage billing with churches.

Are there different levels of Certification?

Yes. Guides who work with at least 3 churches in a year receive Gold Certification. Guides who work with at least 6 churches in a year receive Platinum Certification. Guides with Gold or Platinum Certification receive premium placement in the directory. You must re-earn Gold and Platinum levels each year. (Example: John Doe works with three churches by September 2022, which gives him Gold Certification through December 2023. He must work with at least three churches in 2023 to maintain Gold Certification for 2024).

Do I have to re-certify each year?

To maintain certification, you must attend at least one quarterly training event each year (meetings occur monthly). There is a $1000 recertification fee, which is waived if you work with at least one church per year.

How long do I work with each church?

In our process, Guides work through three phases. The first phase, Training, is done remotely through access to pre-recorded videos provided by The Malphurs Group (churches register directly with TMG for access to these videos). The second phase, Plan, includes a two-day planning retreat with a Guide on-site. The third phase, Implement, is conducted through monthly coaching sessions with the Guide via video conference. These coaching sessions are 30-60 minutes each and occur monthly for one year. In all, the process is approximately 12-15 months and includes onboarding, a 2-day on-site visit with a Guide, and one year of implementation coaching.

What kinds of tools do I have access to?

The Guide Hub provides you with access to all of our training videos, workshop videos, workbooks, templates, and a growing library of resources you can use to help churches thrive.

How does this certification differ from other options?

The Malphurs Group certification is unique because it teaches you how to use our proprietary and proven process for helping churches develop a comprehensive strategic plan. Our Guide Directory is a quality showcase that enables you to share testimonials and for potential church partners to schedule a consultation directly with you. We also provide ongoing Guide support and community, unmatched by other certification options.

Get certified and embrace your call.

“Before I joined the leadership team at The Malphurs Group, I trained as a Guide. Once I was fully trained, I immediately started working with churches all across the United States. After serving for more than a decade in local church ministry, I launched the next phase of my ministry as a consultant. I was able to do something I loved and support my family.

I found my true calling. 

Even now, as the Vice President of The Malphurs Group, I still get excited every time I walk into a new engagement with a church. Getting to be a part of God’s revitalizing work through the Strategic Envisioning process never gets old!

Scott Ball, Vice President & Lead Guide at The Malphurs Group

Upcoming Training Dates

April 8-10, 2024

Join us in beautiful Bristol, TN in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains for this three-day certification event. We will be gathering in the Basecamp room at CoWork Bristol, where we will be able to collaborate, practice workshops, and engage in deep training. After our work each day, you can take advantage of local culture like the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Motor Speedway, or enjoy a short hike on a nearby trail.


Certification Fee:
$2,500, includes access to online training tools, live certification event, and first-year license* to use Strategic Envisioning process with churches. The fee does not include travel expenses if attending on-site. However, lunch and snacks will be provided each day for those who attend in-person.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-3pm Eastern

On-site in Bristol, TN, or online via Zoom

Travel Information:

Bristol, TN is located 15 minutes from the Tri-Cities, TN Airport (TRI, with service from Delta Airlines & American Airlines), or 90-120 minutes from Asheville (AVL) or Knoxville (TYS). You do not need to attend in the training event in-person; you may join each day by Zoom. However, in-person attendance is highly recommended. Many local hotels are within a 10 minute drive of CoWork Bristol, including the following:

* (Certification renews at no cost annually by working with at least one church per year, or $1000 recertification fee applies).

July 8-10, 2024

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-3pm Central

On-site in Ft. Worth, TX, or online via Zoom

November 11-13, 2024

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9am-3pm Central

On-site in Ft. Worth, TX, or online via Zoom