Human Resources Consulting Retainer

Human Resources & Organizational Deveopment support for small liberal faith congregations, communities, and organizations


Innovative Spirit’s HR consulting retainer is custom tailored for the day-to-day needs and strategic goals of small liberal faith communities and progressive non-profits.

A retainer is perfect if you have HR needs, but not enough to warrant a dedicated employee. Our HR retainer also helps you:

Review and create HR policy

Provide support to your personnel committee or
administrator who oversees HR issues.

Onboard your employees, volunteers

Culture and change management

Inclusion, belonging, and engagement

Human resources include all your people, paid and unpaid such as volunteers.

Support for your non-paid staff is also included in your retainer agreement.


I specialize in small employers with between 1-30 employees. I am a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), with over 18 years’ experience as clinical sociologist, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategist, and organizational effectiveness. I have two master’s degrees – one in Strategic Human Resources and Organizational Development and the other in Leadership Studies. Please learn more about me here.

My retainer provides dedicated support to address your most urgent HR needs. It also provides the opportunity to focus on long-term strategic HR goals that connect with your mission. Now that more staff are working in hybrid environments, the need to attract, retain, and support your team is crucial to thriving into the future despite external uncertainty.

Some well-meaning leaders may seek an attorneys help assuming all lawyers are human resources experts when that is not the case.

Others may reach out to an HR expert, but that professional may not be the best person to apply their expertise in the unique environment of small, faith based and values-driven communities where relationships, trust, inclusiveness, and community matter most.

Most small progressive liberal faith communities do not have a person dedicated solely to human resources. HR is often one of the many responsibilities an employee may have. Many are doing HR work without HR expertise. This scenario often results in human resources being done only when fires need to be put out or being executed at a low level of performance since the employee is already busy with many other important duties.

Human Resources is not something to be taken casually. There are legal risks for your community that can cost money and heartache. There are morale risks that can impact a feeling of belong in your employees and volunteers that make prioritizing human resources critical for congregations to thrive into the future.


Your HR consulting retainer is 100% virtual. It includes zoom and email consulting to discuss your HR and related issues. Time spent sourcing resources and creating follow-up documentation is also included. You will have a dedicated HR manager to support and advise you with the option to add additional hours if needed.

Additionally, we provide suggestions and advice on projects we recommend be implemented on your behalf based on my understanding of your needs. Prior to the first month of the retainer, we will meet with your POC to understand your overarching goals, pain points, and how to best support you.


The minimum retainer agreement is $1,750.  HR services rendered will be billed according to a $175 hourly rate. All retainer agreements include a retainer on-boarding fee of includes $200.

For Pay-as-you-go clients (no retainer agreement), you can schedule a one-time, 60 minute HR Consulting Call for $250. You are encouraged to invite relevant team members.

Retainers are secured on an annual basis and can be ended by either party with a written 30 days’ notice. They may be paid in an annual lump sum. If a retainer ends and you’ve paid in a lump sum, you will be reimbursed for any unused retainer months minus the 30-day required notice billed at the monthly

Human Resources is one of the most important, yet most often neglected operational areas when it comes to leading a successful congregation or community.


Even one hour a month can make the difference between a toxic, understaffed workplace with overworked people to a thriving community with happy, engaged employees whose productivity is reflected in their joy for their work and deep feelings of belonging.

If you believe your people are your most important asset, then take the next step to secure your HR consulting retainer agreement with us.

Investing in expert help to navigate complex and day-to-day HR issues with skill and compassion is essential for the health and well-being of your community.

As your HR consultant, I will become a part of your extended team and will be proactive in facilitating your ongoing success in alignment with your larger community goals.

Looking forward to working with you!

Please schedule a connection call or send me an email to get started.