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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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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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“What is God calling our congregation to be and do? How can we effectively engage with our community?” Congregations can explore these strategic questions and more by using the processes described...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Sometimes, numbers do help. This resource will provide you with data. It is the website for the National Congregations Study. The newest data was posted in the winter of 2014. How can you use the...

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