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What are internal and external assessments?

Internal and external assessments are tools for strategic planning or program planning. Internal assessments evaluate aspects within the congregation. External assessments address the community beyond a congregation's walls. Assessments can help your congregation move beyond personal...

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Center for Congregations President Tim Shapiro explains how internal and external assessments inform a "top priority community ministry."

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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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The CHAT Church survey has been used by many different kinds of congregations. This includes mainline congregations. Many users are non-denominational or are from historically evangelical faith...

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Creators of an academically-evaluated Cultural Intelligence Assessment backed by ten plus years of research, the Cultural Intelligence Center offers a Faith-Based Assessment designed specifically...

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If only everyone could do every task equally well. Yet, that is not the way it goes. This is true in all aspects of life including congregational leadership. How can you tell if you or someone...

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Before a congregation attempts to launch a ministry with single adults, there are a number of foundational conversations they would benefit from having. This training pack consists of eight...

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Timely and appropriate care of their sacred space helps congregations keep the focus on mission and ministry. A facilities assessment can inform a range of building concerns, from routine...

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There are four areas of congregational life that determine the strength or weakness of its outreach to older adults, according Building Church Leaders. This simple self-assessment tool helps...

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When a building project is on the congregation’s horizon, the first thing leaders should do is create a solid plan. In fact, according to church facility guru Tim Cool, they need to make four...

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Yes, this book has some age on it. It was published in 1998. It is still readily available. And the book provides a comprehensive list of assessment questions for a congregation to consider. The...

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Congregations with historic houses of worship can be daunted by their building’s maintenance, repair and renovation requirements. A building conditions survey offers an assessment that results in a...

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Every young person has leadership potential, says youth ministry expert Doug Franklin. What they need in order to develop it is an understanding of their own unique skills and traits. This...

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Is your congregation more engaged than ever with your local community? If so, it could well mean that you have more questions than ever. How do you assess the needs of your neighborhood? How do you...

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Over the course of twenty-five years, Natural Church Development (NCD) has developed a strategic planning and implementation program that has proven effective in thousands of congregations...

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This book is a user friendly look at vitality in congregations. Based on their work related to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, the authors identify ten strengths key to vital congregations. ...

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Over 500,000 worshipers in over 5,000 congregations have completed the U.S. Congregational Life Survey since it was first offered in 2001. A second offering took place in the fall of 2008 and...

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The two authors, Rainer and Stetzer, are associated with Lifeway. Regarding Lifeway’s research: it assists church leaders with insight that will lead to greater levels of vitality. This book...

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On many corners in most US cities we can spot a church that is struggling to survive. Then we turn the corner and travel a few blocks down only to discover a church that is thriving; maybe even...

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Based in Milwaukee and affiliated with the United States Catholic Conference, the Parish Evaluation Project, is an experienced consulting organization, serving Catholic parishes and organizations...

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Practical and offering good questions for engagement, this book provides a structured orientation to church culture from a conservative and evangelical perspective. Written by Aubrey Malphurs, a...

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