Church Hub Info
Dear Pastor or Leader
I look forward to being able to help you deliver training in your part of the world or in your church.
Please click the read more as we look briefly at Assessment and management, two tier pricing, courses, rolling starts and more importantly NIL COST STARTUP TO YOU.
Assessment and Management
We run a very automated system. Labour costs money and to achieve the pricing structures that we have, we have had to do this with minimal labour hours and automated systems. To give you the best possible pricing, we need to keep the integrity of our systems... that is how we have achieved such cost efficient systems.
To make a system change to accommodate you would be great if you were doing 30 students a year. My suggestion is you start off with as little system disruption and cost as you possibly can and then once you have your numbers up, we come back and revisit this as then it becomes a viable option to both you and us based on turnover, sufficient enough to make system changes to accommodate.
If in the long term you are unable to get your numbers up, then the burden of costs stays low and produces a great supplementary income on a minimal operating system.
Two tier pricing
What we mean by Two Tier pricing, is this. The student pays us for the training and then you value add fo rthe student to pay you a fee, wither for mentoring, facilities or support and so forth. Generally we have not experienced any problems with students paying a two tier pricing so long as it is well laid out in your opening WHS and introductory evening.
The advantage of keeping fees segregated is if students drop out, liability for students fees and so forth as opposed to facilities fees. In other words, if a student has dropped out after three months but downloaded all the content, under our terms and conditions they are still liable for the full course fees. Problems develop where delivery hubs make up their own rules and their rules are not in line with our terms and conditions, or [as in many cases] they are not even aware of our terms and conditions. Other problems arise when Pastors make recommendations or verbal agreements with students that don't line with us or with licensing regulatory requirements.
Our usual practice is that we do not give discounts on our price until we have 10 or more students. The reason for this is I believe in already giving people the best possible price straight off the bat and allow you to value add to discounted prices.
We would be happy to rebate back to you on a sliding scale based upon your enrollment performance as a hub.
There would be no discounts given on the annual administration fee where extensions are applied for.
We have taken a fast food approach and see the value in you value adding to our core structure. This would have to be called a different fee rather than a course fee.
To get the best return is the two year double diploma course..... consisting of Cert IV of Ministry [core subjects], Diploma of Management and Diploma of Christian Ministry [core] - using the Diploma of Management subjects as the electives for the Cert IV and Diploma of Ministry & Theology. This actually saves an extra year of study and an extra year of fees.
The cost done independently for all 3 courses would cost significantly more - however applied for and paid for jointly as a package deal, would cost less about a third less under our current pricing structures.
I believe this is the marketing strategy that will give you the best return/edge. 20 modules with the student finishing with a Cert IV in Christian Ministry, a Diploma in Christian Ministry and a Diploma in Management.
You could do a similar thing with a Cert IV in Christian Ministry and Cert IV in Front-line Management/ or business. That would be 16 modules as apposed to the souble Diploma for just 4 extra modules. I definitely think it is a way to go.....
I believe that the best model is to have a two year cycle of Cert IV Ministry core [6 months], Dip Management [8 months], Dip Ministry core [6 months]. This allows rolling enrolments right through the year and allows you to maximise opportunities.
Costs to you
The simple side of starting with an option of running as a training hub, means no contracts, no audit requirements from your side and this keeps costs down for you. It allows you to start running straight up without any hassles and build on your enrolments.
So on 5 students it is not worth you nor I making any system changes and additional work for either of us. The dollar value just does not support us trying to do things differently. We have a very cost effective, balanced and finely tuned operation. This allows you to focus on growth....
On 30 students per year.... this becomes something of a dollar figure that makes it viable for us to accomodate you on a more personal approach. At this level it now becomes financially viable from our side and from your side to re-examine some structural changes to facilitate and accommodate the training you are doing.
At the end of the day, we are delivering a service to you and your church for the best possible price and in the most cost effective and efficient way possible. It is up to you to value add so the student sees the value in what you are doing.
With growth comes new possibilities.
Any questions of comments, feel free to contact me of give me a call. I trust that this has answered your preliminary questions about running a training hub in your church and look forward to taking a step forward and enrolling students.