Congregational Resource Guide
April 7, 2020

4 Steps to Free Community Data


In the last few years there’s been a surge of congregations interested in their communities. Nearly 10% of all Center for Congregations calls include some type of community involvement. For many congregations, the first step is to gather data about the area. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) provides the ARDA Community Profile Builder,…

January 28, 2016

Five Things to Know about Assessments


Assessment tools are used in congregational planning. Such tools are helpful in strategic planning, formation of new programs, improvement of existing projects and more. There are internal assessment tools and external assessment tools. Internal tools help you learn about your congregation, its members, staff and other constituents who are part of your congregation. External tools…

December 11, 2015

Your Local Community – Abundant Possibility


Increasingly, all kinds of congregations are actively externally focused. I’ve observed this since 2008. The change is remarkable. Really! The energy is so powerful. The conversations exciting. The possibilities abundant. At the Center for Congregations, we receive calls daily from congregational leaders and members inquiring about outreach.     “We want to start a partnership with…