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Has your passion for serving others begun to lose its joy?

Do you feel like your leadership potential is not moving forward? Have you been transitioned out due to circumstances beyond your control? Since 1980 we have assisted thousands of pastors, missionary couples, and ministry leaders transition from a stressful position to one of fulfillment and purpose. We have also assisted students in seminaries and Bible colleges discover their best-fit ministry possibilities. We can assist you to rediscover that inspiration to serve, which also matches your innate strengths. Perhaps you are seeking a new direction in business, government service or non-profit occupations. We can help transfer your accomplishments into most any work culture you select. It begins with a contact from you to tell us how you would like us to help.

Ministry Services


The IDAK Ministry Search Assessment (Approx. two weeks) Our IDAK Ministry Advancement Assessment is for ministry leaders who are seeking an alternative ministry from what they have been doing or for those who seek to transition into a marketplace career. Our range of ministry positions exceeds 20,000. We test not only your interests, talents and values, but also your temperament strengths. We can also search for the best matches among over 40,000 marketplace careers based upon your preference. Our testing provides a complete list of your aptitude strengths, your top 10 recommended ministry/career options and the IDAK Employer Search Guide. The Employer Search Guide helps you locate ministry organizations which match the report results as well as marketplace organizations in your city, state or nation. Read More…

IDAK Complete Job Search Service Ministry (10 Weeks) This is our most comprehensive counselor-guided service. It combines our extensive Ministry Assessment two week Service with eight additional weeks of job search coaching. Includes a Job Search Handbook along with 14 audio instructional CDs providing resume preparation, interview preparation, development of employer contact list, setting appointments, negotiation offers and more. A key emphasis is how to translate your years of ministry service into an alternative ministry or marketplace position. Our specialty is coaching for positions where a person has no experience by finding the hidden jobs which are filled before they are ever listed. Read more…

IDAK Job Search Services (4-8 weeks) Our IDAK Job Search is based upon your individual needs and is facilitated through a one-on-one coaching and training experience. You receive a Job Search Handbook with at home learning exercises and 14 audio instructional CDs which complement your weekly office/telephone sessions. Offered in four-week and eight-week instructional sessions. Our specialty is coaching for positions where a person has no experience by finding the hidden jobs which are filled before they are ever listed. Read more…

IDAK Career Match™ Self-Administered Kit (Ministry) This budget priced service is ideal for ministry leaders who just want to know their possible best match options and do not have conflicting work issues to resolve or need help discussing how to enter into marketplace positions. You save the cost of a professional counselor. The key feature is our IDAK Career Match which evaluates your interests, values and natural talents then matches them to 20,000 ministry options or 40,000 marketplace career options, selecting the ten best. Two audio CDs substitute for a counselor’s individual guidance. All best matches are numerically coded so as to link up with websites which list employers in your local area. Read More…

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Resolution of Job Conflict for a Ministry Leader

In attempting to advance a TEAM work culture, occasionally there can be personnel conflicts which need resolving.  Our counselors are experienced and certified to provide for your church or organization a impartial and God honoring assessment of an individual’s strengths and job performance as well as adjustments to the job description or new ministry roles outside of your organization. Our service begins with a confidential phone call where we can listen to your situation and then propose how we can be of service. Contact the counselor whom you prefer to begin the inquiry process.

Staff Leadership Advancement

In order to ensure that each person on your organization’s team is working at peak capacity, IDAK has developed a group seminar which assists in identifying each person’s God given natural talent strengths and how to evaluate one’s job duties for maximum service. Each participant receives their own on-line Talent Discovery Guide assessment and instruction on how to determine their own maximum service job duties. At the completion of the training, each participant is expected to meet with their own direct report to discuss their findings.  This leadership assessment can also be provided on a one-to-one basis with a more comprehensive assessment and report feed-back. This more comprehensive assessment is called a Ministry Leadership Team Audit.

New Pastor, Executive Leader Hire

IDAK provides a comprehensive assessment for churches and ministry organizations to assist with identifying the optimum future leader which fits your organization’s culture, values and priorities. Our services can include a minimum of on-line aptitude testing (The MAX Report) supplemented by different levels of counselor assistance. Your organization’s priorities can be discussed with one of our highlighted counselors to determine the level of service which is best for your organization.

IDAK Outplacement Services

When it appears that a manager or senior contributor does not appear to fit your organization’s vision or goals, IDAK provides a complete, employment transition service to assist that individual to get a new job. Services are pro-rated according to weeks/months of consultation requested.

Team Building Seminars

IDAK Group has a long history of assisting hundreds of ministry organizations and churches to empower their personnel to achieve maximum productivity. Thousands of individuals have benefited from these powerful services and seminars. Most of the training seminars are custom designed from 4-8 hours. Typical topics for training include:

  • Maximizing individual productivity
  • Screening new pastor candidates
  • Management audit
  • Senior leader employment screening
  • Transitioning workforce to new products/services
  • Enhancing team building
  • Weekend retreat for pastors and staff
  • Annual conference for a denomination’s regional pastors

MAX and MAX Prime Reports

The Max Report and MAX Prime (Spanish) Report are popular online assessment services. The most common application is for employment screening and church pastoral candidate screening. A total of 86 traits are tested which include Character, Temperament/Personality and Natural Talent traits. These instruments are simple to use as all the exercises are online. Reports are emailed within 2-3 days after completion. To request the MAX, one can attend a 4-hour training seminar to be certified to interpret results for one’s personnel. IDAK also offers a one-hour telephone report interpretation which does not require training certification.

To view a sample MAX Reportclick here.

If you have been asked to complete a MAX Report, go to to register.

To register for the MAX Prime go to

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Case Studies

Don, a church denomination executive was responsible for his denomination’s church growth and church plants. He contacted IDAK asking if we could help with their church plant assessment. He stated that there existed a 70% failure of new church plants after five years. Could we help improve that low success statistic? Also, the denomination was loosing millions of dollars on these failed starts in addition to the emotional trauma for each pastor and wife along with the congregation. We recommended a training program which would equip each of the 35 church districts with a proven interview process which would identify future church planters. We began with a pilot training session for twelve hand picked district superintendents. The training included actual assessments of church plant candidates viewed live on close circuit TV. The twelve hand picked superintendents succeeded in applying the instruction. After twenty years of continued training for all district superintendents, IDAK was informed that a recent survey reported that 70% of the denomination’s church plants were successful. This was quite a success story as it demonstrated IDAK’s ability to teach its assessment principles to non assessment professionals with positive measurable results. – DonDenomination Executive

Denny had been appointed as national president of a Youth Ministry Organization. He had established key goals for the future of the ministry and wanted to initiate some major organizational changes. In order to launch his plan, he needed a clear perspective as to the future potential of his present department heads. Could these seasoned men and women perform just as well, or better, in the new job descriptions he was planning for them? IDAK was contacted to assist with this organizational transition challenge. After meeting with the president to learn about his organizational development goals, a schedule of executive team and department head group assessment sessions were planned. These were followed up with individual sessions. Each individual was provided with guidelines on how to meet with the president and to explain the match of their strengths with their future job description. For those who did not feel there was a match, they were assisted in proposing alternative possibilities within the national ministry. If there were no possible fits, the president contracted IDAK to provide outplacement assistance. IDAK assisted this ministry in providing an honorable way to re-direct its seasoned leaders to new positions of service both within and outside of the organization. – Denny – President, Youth Ministry Organization

Neil had over 20 years of ministry leadership with a national campus ministry. In his years of service, he had advanced to the position of regional director. He felt that he wanted to start his own consulting firm, primarily focusing on leadership development. Neil contacted IDAK to learn about our talent assessment systems. After completing the training and achieving certification, he directed the majority of his work to empower men and women to maximize their strengths in ministry leadership positions. Much of Neil’s work was with his former ministry organization, providing job performance conflict resolution, ministry assessment for new hires and ministry re-direction for mid-term leaders. IDAK’s training and assessment tools provided Neil a way that he could serve men and women to pursue the full potential of their God given talents. – Neil – Consultant Campus Ministries

A large church located in a major Southwestern city wanted to develop a ministry outreach to its community’s business professionals. The heart of the proposed program was to be a career assessment center which would empower business professionals with the coaching they needed to identify optimum jobs. The church contacted IDAK and requested training for the new center director they had hired. The new director had several years of previous career assessment experience, but lacked talent assessment knowledge gained from the IDAK Career match system and the IDAK Autobiographical Interview. Equipped with these two assessment tools, the new director was ready to reach out to high level business professionals who would not necessarily seek to visit a church. The new ministry proved successful and provided a creative way for the church to get involved in serving the needs of its community leaders. – Large Church – Ministry Outreach Director

An international mission agency was struggling with returning overseas staff who needed re-direction into a different ministry or marketplace job. The human resource office contacted IDAK and requested training for two of the agency’s member care counselors at their home office. Following training with IDAK these two counselors were able to assist returning missionaries with more than well wishes. They were equipped to provide tangible hope for a new future in a new field of service. The IDAK Career Match and training provided the in-depth assessment to match each missionary’s hopes and dreams along with their God given talents to several credible new options. After feeling like failures each couple were given hope that their desire to serve God could be fulfilled in several alternative options rather than just one position overseas. These two counselors trained by IDAK were making a major difference in the lives of missionaries. – Staff Counselors – International Missions Organization