In ministry, I have consulted a great deal. Ministry may be very complicated today, and I have done it all the time -- confidentially, cordially, on my personal initiative. Not seldom, I have found that it was good that I did, because I needed to. I once estimated that I had consulted 20+ professionals in a year, in various fields. Which means 20 different people. I have consulted attorneys as often as once a week. OBSERVATION: This represents tremendous generosity towards the Church, on the part of professionals. Occasionally I received flak for consulting people outside the Church -- but I think it would be irresponsible not to. I think that many ministers in "front line" ministry, if they did a count, would find they consulted as many people themselves.