There are four steps:
CB Northwest utilizes two tools for assessment. The first is Natural Church Development (NCD). This survey measures the presence (or absence) of eight quality characteristics in a local church. They are:
The NCD Survey is taken by 30 church leaders/members who are engaged in the life and ministry of the church (Elders, Deacons, Sunday School teachers, ministry leaders, small group leaders, children's workers, etc.).
The second tool is an online survey that is open to every member and attendee of a local church. We encourage as many as possible to participate in this survey. It measures the perceived health of fifteen categories of ministry, church function and member involvement.
We also request a large body of historical data from the church.
When all the data has been collected, a team of 3-5 people read through all of it, and then meet to discuss findings. Several hours are given to this work. Key observations are noted, and potential focus groups are identified for further questions in order to verify or disprove the emerging conclusions. Once those focus groups have been interviewed, the team meets again and formulates a report. The report will consist of three major components: Affirmations, Significant Findings, and Recommendations.
That report is then delivered to the local church by a representative of CB Northwest.
The local church then decides whether to accept or reject the report and its recommendations.
We believe there are at least three critical times in the life of a church when an assessment is extremely helpful:
There are costs associated with the use of the NCD survey, with the significant amount of man-hours that are involved, plus travel to the church to present, explain, interview and deliver the report. The approximate cost is $3,000 inclusive. However, CB Northwest exists to serve local churches within the Covenant Community. So we will do all that we can to work with any contributing, Covenant Community church that is under financial constraints.