Reverend Robert Hallett is a minister under appointment by the Crossroads District of the Wesleyan Church. He serves as a church consultant. Hallett aids churches in raising funds. He said, “Mainly, we work with building projects, revitalizing visioning events, and pastoral counseling. We lead capital campaigns in churches.”
Hallett truly cherished his time at IWU. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Theology (‘69) and has been through six ministerial programs throughout his life. His formal ministerial training has included Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick (Ministerial Diploma), Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana (B.A.), Anderson (Indiana) School of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (M.Div.), Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia (D.Min.). He says, “I still run into many people I became friends with at Indiana Wesleyan. We developed close friendships. It has been a very positive experience.”
Hallett began his company, TLC Ministries, in 1985 when he switched from pastoring to consulting. TLC Ministries takes a unique approach to capital campaigning. “We approach topics like sacrificial giving and stewardship, encouraging people to give at sacrificial levels,” said Hallett. This helps free the church from long term commitment and interest expense. He said, “Page one of our program is the heart. This is where decisions about what people want to give are made. Page two is the financial side of it.” Attitudes must be resolved before one is ready to give.
TLC Ministries provides clients with a vision. Hallett said, “There are about eight different ways that we discuss stewardship issues within the local church.” TLC makes the campaign personal. “Giving is strictly on response basis. This is really a disciple making ministry within a capital campaign,” said Hallett. Individual teams that are intertwined to depend on each other work to form the campaign, and, “We bring the prayer requests and have a prayer vigil where people pray for each other. It is a very positive experience.”
TLC’s consultants focus on two separate but related sister campaigns. One is the Scriptural Funding Campaign, which has helped hundreds of churches raise over $300 Million through capital campaigns for their facility projects. The other is the Vision Explosion Journey, which features customized pastoral coaching in combination with a dynamic church renewal process. Contact him about either or both of these ministries at TLC Ministries’ booth (#101) in the exhibit hall at GC-16, or contact him at (800) 473-5352.
TLC also offers a free booklet download from their website (www.TLCMinistries.com) of one of Hallett’s doctoral projects entitled When Your Church Needs to Build. It provides helpful, step-by-step guidance in an organized fashion for churches who plan to build.
A 50% off coupon for his book, “A Pastor’s Guide to Developing Disciples, Givers, and Stewards,” is being offered. You can find it on the IWU Alumni App under “Special GC16 Discounts.” The app is available for Apple and Android.
Written by Emily Lehner, a writer for the Alumni Center and a sophomore Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.