Congregational Assessment Inventories


web resource
Hartford Institute for Religious Research. Accessed January 8, 2015.

All three Inventory forms include sections dealing with tasks of the church, organizational processes, congregational identity, church facilities, and members’ backgrounds, as well as theological and faith practice characteristics.

All three forms are available in online and PDF print format. We do not offer a mixed survey where we will provide both online and paper versions and then we would enter the data for you; however, churches can do this themselves with the website and PDF online version for a flat rate of $300.

Over the past thirty-four years many hundreds of churches have used Hartford Institute’s congregational inventories to assist in their pastoral search and church planning efforts.
Our three basic surveys and reporting forms are user-friendly and reflect the insights from the most recent up-to-date social science research on congregations. Recently we instituted an online version that also allows for some customization, is less expensive and has a more rapid turnaround time.

The Pastoral Search Inventory
This form (with 165 items) focuses on the questions a congregation seeks in its ministerial leadership. It is designed for congregations looking for a new minister.
sample:
http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/leadership/Pastoral-Search-Inventory-Survey.pdf

The Church Planning Inventory
This instrument (with 210 items) is designed for congregations engaged in a serious in-depth planning process. This survey is a comprehensive analysis of church programs, including youth & adult education, giving, missions, and evangelism.
sample:
http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/leadership/Church-Planning-Inventory-Survey.pdf

The Parish Profile Inventory
This survey (with 110 items) is a shorter version of the other Inventories. It contains basic items and would be suitable for when a church needs a general overview of congregational dynamics or when the length of the survey is an important issue.
All three Inventory forms include sections dealing with tasks of the church, organizational processes, congregational identity, church facilities, and members’ backgrounds, as well as theological and faith practice characteristics.
sample:
http://www.hartfordinstitute.org/leadership/Church-Profile-Inventory-Survey.pdf

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