How can Natural Church Development help your church?

Number 3: Channel limited resources where they will do the most good

Whatever resources a church may have, they usually want more. Do they need more? Church leaders often feel as though they need more leaders or more money or more time or more parking or space.

Sometimes it feels as though they have people, but those people do not seem to fit where the church is up to. Church is often like this.

The willing people don’t quite seem to fit – like the square wheels. Those who could do it appear to be along for the ride – carried, like the round wheels in the cart. Very often the work of the church seems to be done by a few overworked and exhausted people, while the rest appear to be doing less than they could.

Why is it important to put limited resources where they will do the most good?

So often church seems something like this

There are 566 members in our church…….

But 100 are frail and elderly

That leaves 466 to do all the work

But 80 are young people at college

That leaves 386 to do all the work

But 150 are tired business men

So that leaves 236 to do all the work

And 150 are busy housewives with children

That leaves 86 to do all the work

And a further 46 have most important outside interests

That leaves 40 to do all the work.

But 15 live too far away to come regularly.

So that leaves 25 to do all the work.

And 23 say they’ve already done their bit for the church

That leaves you and me.

And I’m exhausted!

Good luck to you!!!

The good news that Natural Church Development brings is that your church does not have to address everything at once in order to become healthy. If you address the right thing – the Minimum Factor – in the right way, you will find that God has given you and your church all you require to improve church health.

That is really good news.

God has given you and your church everything you need to improve the health of your church. You may be lacking all kinds of things, but you are not lacking in what you need to do His will now.

The question is – and this is where NCD can help you – what area will you deploy those resources?

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Why I like Natural Church Development!

Because it majors on the majors!
When church leaders examine the results of the NCD church survey they will always find change of some sort is advocated; but those leaders, if they read the result correctly, will never be allowed to forget the essentials.
So often church leaders are aware their church needs to change if it is to meet the needs of a 21st century disciple. What is not so easy to discern is the answer to the question: Exactly what needs to change?
In many instances leaders have managed to make their churches even more toxic by ignoring, or even omitting, one or more of the essentials. Or perhaps they have given attention to an essential, but it is the wrong essential for their church at this point in its history.
When the NCD church survey result is taken seriously it will not allow church leaders to make that mistake. The eight Quality Characteristics of a church are like the vital organs of a human being. You cannot leave them out. You may not ignore them.
There are leaders who are tired of ‘business as usual’ in their church, and rightfully so. They want to start something new and radical and effective. Natural Church Development says, ‘Be as radical as you and your people want; but do not ignore the essentials; make sure you major on the majors; do not overlook any one of the eight!’

Natural Church Development Health and Children

Children and NCD Church Health

When the data from more 1000 Australian churches from 25 denominations and movements is analysed, there is a definite correlation between the numbers of children in the church, and NCD church health.
Does a healthy church attract more children? Does a flourishing children’s ministry make a church healthier? The experts say it would not be wise or accurate to say that one causes the other. All we can say is there is a definite relationship between healthy churches and effective children’s ministry.

The graph informs us that very healthy churches (right on diagram) have a larger number of children (and are adding to the number of children at a higher rate). Very unhealthy congregations (left on diagram) have a smaller percentage of children (and are losing those they have).

While this is the findings from 1000 Australian churches, when the data from 70,000 churches around the world is added, the graph hardly changes.

How Natural Church Development can help your Church: Hearing from God

When we accept the survey result as a snapshot of our church’s current reality (where we are now), we are listening deeply and genuinely to the Holy Spirit of God.

Those who have participated in the survey are the main influencers in the church. Where they go, the church goes. What they model, the church does.

Of all the people in the church, we would expect these people to be influenced by the Spirit of God. Therefore it must follow that the survey result is God’s word for us at this time in our history; just as a doctor’s accurate diagnosis of our health is God’s word for us on that matter.

I once heard a pastor ask if it might be possible for the survey result and the Holy Spirit to be in disagreement with each other. The answer given was informative: “If the Holy Spirit and the survey result do not agree, all I can say is your people are inveterate liars.”

How Natural Church Development can help your church: The Church is More than Me!

Sometimes – perhaps often – the survey result is difficult to accept.

This is mainly because each person involved thinks they see the ‘world (substitute, ‘church’)’ as it is rather than seeing everything as they are. Unaware of the glasses he or she is wearing, with the subsequent distortion in his or her own perception and the attitude is: ‘If you disagree with me, in my eyes you (the collated survey result) are automatically wrong, simply because I am sure that I am right.’ (“Principle-Centered Leadership.” 109, Stephen Covey,)

Example: Jesus said something about the way we see things:

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5, NIV)