Natural Church Development Handbook

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An Introduction to Natural Church Development
Church growth that happens – “all by itself”

Jesus said “I will build my church”- so what exactly is our job?

bible-02A man scatters seed…. and all by itself the soil produces growth (Mark 4:26-28). Our responsibility, like gardeners, is to identify opportunities and address issues that inhibit growth; providing water, light, space and nourishment in the right proportions.

Growing churches demonstrate essential qualities that are measurably healthier than those that have plateaued or are in decline.

8QCsWe must capitalise on strengths and current growth opportunities, prioritising our investment as we look to see increasing health and growth.  

There are three essential modules forming this training.

CYWThe first will help your team to consider these eight questions and many more, as it unpacks the eight quality characteristics evident in all healthy growing churches.

The second will explore six growth forces present and accessible to every leader/disciple as they look to manage change in their own lives, ministries and indeed local community, stewarding every resource available to them.

And the third will examine the holistic relationship between each individual and God Himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Trinitarian Compass) and help each to examine their part in investing in their own personal discipleship as they desire to know God more intimately, drawing closer to Him.

Growth Forces

Module 1 – Quality Characteristics for growth
Module 2 – 6 Growth Forces
Module 3 – Trinitarian Compass

Full Day. All Three Modules  £400 *

Half Day. Any Two Modules £300 *

Seminar Any single Module £200 *

For NCD Churches email for special training rates.

* travel costs may be incurred

To request more information, book training or coaching services then please use the form below or contact us 0118 944 1965 or 07970 039 031.


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pathwayEvery believer can put into practice everything that is essential for growing a healthy church—immediately and without needing anyone else’s permission.

How can your church grow in quality and quantity regardless of unfavorable trends in society?

How can you have the greatest impact on your church regardless of your level of responsibility?

How can you maximize your fruitfulness in all areas of life regardless of your present starting point?

The All By Itself Pathway invites you into a 90-minute encounter with Christian A. Schwarz, the founder and head of the Institute for Natural Church Development (NCD). Christian will reduce the discoveries of two decades of research in tens of thousands of churches to a handful of personal action steps.While countless churches have implemented individual aspects of Natural Church Development, the majority have yet to discover the strategic key that Christian calls the All By Itself Pathway—consistently living in line with the unique gifts, energies, and resources that God has already granted you and your church.

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5 copies £4.50 each plus p&p

10 copies £4 each plus p&p

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6booksfan£80 inc P&P

All 6 Core NCD Titles : Color Your World with Natural Church Development: The 3 Colors of Leadership: The 3 Colors of Community: The 3 Colors of Love: The 3 Colors of Ministry; The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality.

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Color Your world provides a comprehensive introduction to the foundations, principles and tools of Natural Church Development and is especially enticing for lay leaders and other volunteers in the church. Each principle is illustrated by inspiring and thought provoking experiences form churches around the world. The book includes a test that helps each reader identify their personal Color Profile.


Your 3 main benefits:


1.Learn everything you need to know about church development.


2. Relate the NCD principles to the lives of individual believers.


3. Initiate sustainable processes of change.

models v principlesMany church development programmes are model-based; NCD is a process based on principles that the research has discovered are universal across all churches. The NCD Church Survey and the other tools help us to apply the principles in our own unique situations, but even before we begin to use them we can see how the principles apply to our own church.

First things first

The book Color Your World with Natural Church Development goes into this in a lot more detail, but in summary:

  • CYWHealthy things grow
  • God has provided all we need in the church for health and growth
  • He calls us into partnership with him in the growth process
  • Real change and growth comes by working as if is all us and praying as though it is all God; i.e. we do what we need to do and we expect and allow God to do what He will do

A Biblical key to this can be found in the Gospels and in the parable of the growing seed found in Mark 4:26-29


He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces corn–first the stalk, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.


Eight Quality Characteristics

There are eight significant characteristics of healthy growing and effective churches, which in NCD we call ‘Quality Characteristics’. In these different aspects of church life it is the quality, described by the preceding adjective, that determines the healthy development of the church:


• Empowering Leadership

• Gift-based Ministry

• Passionate Spirituality

• Effective Structures

• Inspiring Worship Services

• Holistic Small Groups

• Need-oriented Evangelism

• Loving Relationships


In applying NCD principles the research has revealed that there are six growth forces, or dynamics, that are essential for fruitful development in each of these areas of church life. In NCD language, a dynamic energy is necessary to bring each of these essential quality characteristics to life:
Six Growth Forces

  • 6 Growth forcesInterdependence – the church is a complex organism with many parts that are interrelated according to God’s plan
  • Multiplication – we cannot simply keep on getting bigger by addition, we need to start reproducing
  • Energy Transformation – instead of wasting energy by fighting the crisis or catastrophe, we can use the energy for the advancement of God’s kingdom like a surfer on the
  • Sustainability – we can put to multiple uses the work we do and therefore make our tasks more efficient
  • Symbiosis – it is precisely in our differences and diversity that we work together best, cooperating together, complementing one another’s gifts
  • Fruitfulness – Jesus frequently uses this description in his parables and teaching. We have been appointed to bear fruit, fruit that will last…

NCD began with a worldwide research project in 1994-5 involving 1000 churches of various theological perspectives on all continents. It investigated static, growing and declining churches. Over the years the research database has been constantly revised and updated to include the details from over 70,000 different churches.


The Institute for Natural Church Development, based in Germany under the leadership of Christian Schwarz, undertook this international research to determine whether there are universal principles that lead towards healthy church growth that are entirely independent of

• denomination or theological perspective

• country or culture

• leadership style

• size of church

• ministry model

The key question was ‘What church growth principles are true, regardless of culture and theological perspective?’

Growth Forces

The ongoing research has revealed a network of eight interrelated Quality Characteristics and a series of Growth Forces or dynamics that are operating in all genuinely healthy, growing churches – all within a broad Trinitarian framework. All are present, and none can be missing.



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NCD Intro for WedHealthy and effective church culture.

What is the one thing you could focus on in your church right now, that would bring about the greatest fruit?

NCD started and continues as the largest biblical and empirical research project into the principles of healthy church growth in the world. It is about the non-negotiables of church development when all else is stripped away.

Drawing upon the research and increased understanding from over 70,000 churches in 72 countries, across the Body of Christ, NCD is able to lighten and simplify your ministry workload by showing you exactly where your time, treasure and talent would be best spent right now.

Rather than conforming your church to a particular model, NCD’s principle-based approach brings out the unique identity and purpose of your church so it can be all that God intends it to be.


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John and Lynn Chetcuti are the National Directors for Natural Church Development the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Rev. Lynn Chetcuti

???????????????????????????????A Vineyard Pastor for fifteen years, Lynn served as Associate Pastor of Network Vineyard Church, Reading and completed that term with three years planting and establishing the Vineyard congregation in Bracknell. She is passionate about seeing both individuals and entire congregations identify their gifting, calling, and fully engaging in society to bring Kingdom transformation.

Working across all denominations, Lynn serves on the leadership team of Reading Christian Network. where she is committed to see the Body of Christ thrive, investing in Christian leaders with influence across all areas of the community. She is also a healthy church mentor with  The Church of England, serving through Coventry Diocese.

Through NCD, at a national level, her desire is to make church health and personal discipleship growth accessible to every Christian leader and congregation, developing training and coaching resources and investing in the local church through to denominational leadership.

John Chetcuti


John had a full career in retail covering every aspect of business development, customer care, staff training,  and product selection prior to embarking on his current role in developing and supporting the ministry of NCD across the UK. He is a pastor at heart and works to make all Natural Church Development resources as accessible as possible to every individual interested in their own personal growth and investment in the work of the Kingdom through the local church.

John and Lynn have been married for over thirty years and have two grown-up children, Graeme and Dani. They are now serving in Brookside Church, Earley, focusing on their passion, overseeing pastoral care and discipleship through small group development, and the integration of all members.


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