Dr. Sarah Sumner's has been an organizational consultant since 2005. She is the originator of The People Model, a tool that has predictive powers, motivational powers, and creative powers to help people deal successfully with complex relational issues that play out in the workplace, home, and society. In recent years Dr. Sumner has become a self-styled legal consultant in a very specialized area regarding religious freedom and employment law in Christian churches and organizations. She consults, in part, by teaching and empowering decision-makers, so they can see for themselves theologically what to do about specific, concrete matters and practical duties in their work.
Sarah Sumner has done consulting for Fresenius Medical Care, the Glendale, AZ police force, and top military and civilian personnel at The Pentagon, as well as other organizations, including schools, nonprofits, and churches. Over the years, she has written or co-written many policies and position papers for religious corporations.
Her consulting specialties include:
Teaching both Christian and non-Christian leaders how to use The People Model;
Offering specialized legal advice to boards and senior leaders on matters of hiring and firing in Christian churches and organizations;
Developing church elder boards and nonprofit boards of Christian organizations to govern Christianly;
Helping local churches structure a wise process for bringing godly, gifted women onto executive ministry teams;
Partnering with her husband, Jim, in refereeing high stakes conflict resolution, and in doing marital and pre-marital counseling based on her formal research.
She is an adjunct professor at Trinity Law School. She has also taught at Azusa Pacific University (1997-2009), Wheaton College, Simpson University, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and guest lectured or preached at over thirty other Christian institutions of higher education including Dallas Theological Seminary and Beeson Divinity School.
Sarah Sumner is the author of Angry Like Jesus, Just How Married Do You Want to Be?, Leadership Above the Line (Tyndale, 2006) and Men and Women in the Church: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership (IVP, 2003) and the writer of several published articles on men and women partnering in ministry leadership.