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The REID Group

Transforming challenges into opportunities to create a better world


No one knows the challenges you face better than you do. And no one is more committed to helping you transform your challenges into opportunities than we are. At The REID Group, our mission is to help leaders and organizations transform their challenges into opportunities to create a better world. 

We do this by helping leaders be more effective in three ways:

Strategic Planning

We help leaders plan for the sustainable future of their organizations.

Leadership Search

We help leaders identify capable new leaders.

Meeting Design & Facilitation

We help leaders design and facilitate productive meetings.

Our work with leaders in Catholic organizations – dioceses, religious communities, colleges and universities, health care institutions, parishes and schools – as well as other faith-based and non-profit organizations helps them to create a sustainable future for themselves and the people they serve.


The REID Group offers resources for leaders, groups and organizations to continue their learning beyond a project or event.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

John Reid & Maureen Gallagher
Liguori Publications, 2009

Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.

Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of The REID Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.


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Since 1997, The REID Group has pursued its mission of helping leaders and organizations transform challenges into opportunities to create a better world, focusing on Catholic organizations as well as other faith-based and nonprofit groups.

From the beginning, we have provided services that:

  • Respect the client’s unique needs and situation
  • Are comprehensive in nature, dealing with the whole person or organization rather than only one aspect or unit
  • Employ a highly participatory approach
  • Focus on building connections and community within and beyond specific organizations

We take the “to create a better world” part of our mission very seriously, delivering our clients excellent, comprehensive and creative service.

We are also committed to:

  • Providing creative, comprehensive and excellent services
  • Building teams and community
  • Communicating openly, honestly, directly and appropriately
  • Collaborating, networking and partnerships
  • Being good stewards of all resources for a sustainable future
  • Promoting justice and right relationships for the common good

Our Team

John Reid


John Reid is the founder and also a partner with The REID Group since 1997.

John focuses his work as a Reid Group consultant in the areas of prophetic planning with Catholic dioceses and religious communities, searches and mediation. Previously, he worked with the Archdiocese of Seattle for 18 years where he had responsibilities for formation, training and placement for lay and ordained ministers, and was also the Coordinator of Transition Services. John also worked at the University of Notre Dame and is a former Catholic High School teacher. He is a past chairperson of the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) and co-authored The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning. John is married to Maureen Reid since 1972 and together they are the parents of two adult sons, Tim and Chris. John has given talks and workshops nationally on topics of Leadership, Collaboration, Planning and Transition. He holds Master degrees in Divinity and Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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Tom Reid


Tom Reid is a partner with The REID Group and is a consultant, mediator, trainer and coach.

Tom has more than thirty years of experience working in personal, spiritual and organizational development, helping leaders, groups and organizations to be more effective. In addition to The Reid Group, Tom’s professional work experience includes: 10 years as a real estate agent with Windermere Real Estate, leadership team for RENEW, Archdiocese of Seattle, coordinator of a program of continuing education and spiritual growth for leaders, Center for Human Development, Notre Dame, and extensive experience as a seminar, retreat and workshop leader working with non-profit boards and staffs. Tom has Master degrees in Divinity and Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Mountaineers Basic Climbing course. Tom has been married for 35 years and has two adult sons and one granddaughter.

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Where We've Worked

Organizations We've Supported

  • Archdiocese of Anchorage, AK – Planning
  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis – Parish Reorganization
  • Archdiocese of Newark, NJ – Parish Reorganization
  • Archdiocese of New York – Parish Reorganization
  • Archdiocese of Seattle – Cultural Competence
  • Archdiocese of Winnipeg, Manitoba – Stewardship and Fund Development Study
  • Diocese of Belleville, IL – Mediation
  • Diocese of Evansville, IN – Planning
  • Diocese of Fairbanks, AK – Capital Campaign
  • Diocese of Green Bay, WI – Chancery Reorganization, School and Parish Planning
  • Diocese of Lafayette, IN – Chancery Reorganization, Planning
  • Diocese of Madison, WI – Parish Reorganization
  • Diocese of Manchester, NH – School Planning
  • Diocese of Orange, CA – Faith Formation Evaluation
  • Diocese of Orlando, FL – Planning
  • Diocese of Peoria – Parish Reorganization
  • Diocese of Pueblo, CO – Planning
  • Diocese of Reno, NV – Planning
  • Diocese of Rochester, NY – Planning
  • Diocese of Saginaw – Parish Reorganization
  • Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL – Planning
  • Diocese of San Bernardino, CA – Mediation
  • Diocese of Scranton, PA – Diocesan Restructuring
  • Diocese of Syracuse, NY – Change Management
  • Diocese of Trenton, NJ – Parish Reorganization
  • Diocese of Victoria, BC – Chancery Organizational Review
  • Diocese of Yakima, WA – Stewardship
  • Avera Health System, SD – Leadership Search
  • Catholic Health Association – Leadership Search, Program Assessment
  • Franciscan Health Systems, WA – Cultural Competence
  • Providence St. Joseph Health System – Leadership Search
  • Mary Medical Center, CA – Leadership Search
  • Trinity Health Systems, MI – Leadership Search
  • California Catholic Conference – Meeting Facilitation
  • Catholic Common Ground Initiative – Planning
  • Catholic Relief Services – Cultural Competence, Planning
  • Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps, MD – Planning
  • International Clergy Institute, NJ – Leadership Development
  • National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministries, Washington DC – Executive Search
  • Pax Christi USA – Meeting Facilitation
  • Seton Institute, CA – Planning
  • Church Council of Greater Seattle – Planning
  • Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, NC – Mediation
  • The Grail – Planning
  • North American Center for Marianist Studies
  • Unity Unitarian Church, MN – Team-Building
  • Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, IL – Planning
  • Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA – Fund Development
  • Franciscan Fathers and Brothers – Planning
  • Humility of Mary Sisters – Planning
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, MI – Chapter Facilitation
  • Maryknoll Society of Fathers and Brothers, NY – Planning
  • Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity – Chapter Facilitation
  • Racine Dominicans, WI – Community Days Facilitation
  • Gregory Abbey, OK – Planning
  • San Jose Dominicans, CA – Executive Search
  • Sinsinawa Dominicans – Planning
  • Sisters of Charity of New York – Planning
  • Sisters of Mercy West Midwest – Planning
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, WI – Planning
  • Sisters of St. Ann, BC – Planning
  • Sisters of St. Anne, MA – Planning
  • Holy Names Catholic Community, WY – Feasibility Study
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, MO – Parish Mission
  • Paulist Center, MA – Planning
  • Sacred Heart Parish, WA – Planning
  • St. Bernard and St. Pius X Parishes, WI – School Planning
  • St. Dominic Savio Parish, MO – Planning
  • St. Frances Xavier Parish, IL – Planning
  • St. Leo Parish, WA – Parish Planning
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish, WI – Planning
  • St.  Mary Food Bank, WA – Fund Development
  • St. Mary Magdalene Parish, FL – Parish Planning, Parish Mission
  • St. Mary Parish, WA – Planning
  • St. Pius X Parish, CA – Planning
  • St. Raphael Parish, CA – Parish Planning, Feasibility Study, Capital Campaign
  • Villa Academy, WA – Feasibility Study
  • Alvernia University, PA – Leadership Search
  • Canisius College, NY – Leadership Search
  • Newman University, KS – Leadership Development
  • Loyola University, LA – Stewardship
  • Seattle University, WA – Planning
  • Spring Hill College, AL – Planning, Leadership Search
  • St. Louis University – Civility Project Consulting
  • University of Notre Dame, IN – Planning
  • BeFriender Ministry, MN – Planning
  • Billings Middle School, WA – Feasibility Study
  • Horizon House, WA – Planning
  • Indiana State University Foundation, IN – Leadership Development
  • Special Olympics of WA – Feasibility Study
  • Tacoma Drug-Free Coalition, WA – Program Evaluation
  • United Friends Group Homes, WA – Planning


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