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NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Documents: Natural Church Development
Source(s): Christian Schwarz' global research project
Support in Canada and Bermuda  Corps Ministries Dept. ncdcanada.com
Cost: Survey cost ($375-400 + tax) and/or resource books and/or facilitator cost
Commitment: 1-2 year cycle
Concept: Leadership learning cycle that uses a survey to identify levels of 8 quality characteristics to raise overall health that facilitates growth
Complexity: medium
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? : Yes – the survey should initiate the NCD cycle


LOGIC MODEL FOR PROGRAM EVALUATION


Documents: Logic Model for Program Evaluation**
Source(s): Evaluation theory/social service
Support in Canada and Bermuda : Corps Ministries dept*
Cost: Commitment: Free manual and/or facilitator cost
Commitment:   A minimum of 4 hours of logic model and custom evaluation development and ongoing use of evaluation
Concept:  One page flowchart of ministry logic that provides opportunity to design custom evaluation process used by leadership
Complexity: Medium
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? : Yes – evaluation that is created should be used regularly by leadership


CONGREGATIONAL LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

Documents: Congregational Life Cycle Assessment**
Source(s): Alban Institute/organizational theory
Support in Canada and Bermuda : Corps Ministries dept*
Cost: Free guide and/or facilitator cost
Commitment: Minimum of 1 assessment meeting with necessary follow up to decide how to respond
Concept: Identification of position on bell curve diagram of life cycle that stimulates conversation about next steps
Complexity: Simple
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? : No - will need to create a custom response and strategic plan



FLOURISHING CONGREGATIONS SURVEY

Documents: Flourishing Congregations Survey
Source(s): Flourishing Congregations Institute (Ambrose University) national research project
Support in Canada (only): www.flourishingcongregations.
org/national-survey

Cost: Free survey and report
Commitment: One congregational survey and meeting to decide how to respond
Concept: Survey of congregation that enables congregational review of many elements of ministry
Complexity: Medium
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? : No – will need to create a custom response and strategic plan



DISCERNING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER: A CONGREGATIONAL ASSESSMENT (Previously Congregational Snapshot)

Documents: Discerning Our Future Together: A Congregational Assessment
Source(s): Questions for online poll from The Association of Religion Data Archives, statistics report from SAMIS.
Support in Canada and Bermuda : Corps Ministries dept.
Cost: Free guide and/or facilitator cost
Commitment: One congregational poll and follow up congregational meeting(s) to discuss the report
Concept: Short online poll (about seven minutes for ten questions) and SAMIS statistics provide information for a report which is discussed in table groups at a congregational meeting. Leadership discerns next steps following the congregational meeting
Complexity: Simple
Includes Discernment of Action/Response? :  No - will need to create a custom response and strategic plan




* Special thanks to the Social Services Department for providing a manual on the development of logic model program evaluation.
** Documents are linked to the table headings.

For conversation about which congregational health assessment tool may be most appropriate for your corps, you are invited to contact the Corps Health and Planting Consultant (James Watson – cell: 519-503-5997 or james_watson@can.salvationarmy.org). ­View James on LinkedIn


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Note too that there are a number of resource people available through the Corps Ministries Department to consult on specialized areas of ministry.­ See our Contact Us page under Home.