Church Assessment Tool (CAT)


This congregational assessment from provides benchmark data to inform decisions about identity, clergy search, strategic planning or a financial campaign.


online survey,, data interpretation.

Recommended Audience

all congregation


Varies per service

Practical Applications

  • Understand your members’ level of satisfaction by taking the assessment and comparing results with benchmark data.
  • Prepare to hire a clergyperson by taking the assessment and using findings to write a job description and congregation profile.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. 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 LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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