What Is Natural Church Development?
Natural Church Development (NCD) is all about releasing the potential that God has already implanted in every New Testament church. Based on research in more than 70,000 churches on all continents, NCD describes universal principles that are applicable regardless of culture or spiritual style.
NCD focuses on increasing the quality of a church rather than on numerical growth goals. This emphasis on church health has proven to be the key to ongoing growth and multiplication.
The center of NCD is the all by itself principle that can be observed in healthy churches around the globe. All NCD principles are answers to the question: How can this God-given growth potential be released?
On all levels of church life, NCD encourages creativity, authenticity, and diversity. Rather than selling a specific church model, NCD helps Christians and churches to discover and develop their individuality.
NCD assists believers in rediscovering central Biblicalconcepts and relating them to their everyday lives. This is expressed by the Trinitarian Compass which is the heart of all NCD tools.
It works. Churches that have done three or more NCD Surveys, have increased their average growth rate by 51% between the first and the third survey. We plant, we water. God gives the increase.
Meet The NCD Coach For Orlando, Florida
Mark Weible has nearly 20 years of experience with Natural Church Development. He currently serves as Director of Church Planting for Greater Orlando Baptist Association, Directional Leader for ReproducingChurches.com and Strategic Director of Renovate National Church Revitalization Conference. Mark is also the author of Fishing On The Other Side: A Guide To Being The Church In The Digital Age. Mark can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Does Healthy Community Look Like?
Churches and small groups can be models of healthy communites for our community at large. Christian A. Schwarz and Christoph Schalk at the Instate for Natural Church Development have been researching church communities for over 30 years. Their research shows that healthy communities have the following Biblical characteristics in common. If you would like to know more about NCD, email Mark at Mark@NCDorlando.com.