Chapter 3: Assessing Community Needs and Resources

This web resource helps answer questions about how to better engage your congregation with the local community by providing various resources and toolkits.


toolkit; assessment activities; 15 assessment methods; suggested activities; SWOT analysis; community report card; "Photovoice Project"

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Help further incorporate your congregation into the local community.
  • Learn about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that might face your congregation after taking the SWOT analysis.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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