Why Natural Church Development?

Healthy organisms grow and thrive, unhealthy organisms wilt and die. When we appreciate that a church functions as a very sophisticated organism, it becomes clear that health is paramount to church growth and development. NCD illustrates where your time, treasure and talent would be best spent to invest in health.

Natural Church Development is based on the single largest research project into church health world-wide. It has involved over 100,000 churches across all denominations and continues to grow today. For more information about the research that went into this project, see the NCD Handbook.

The NCD church survey will identify your strengths and assets in addition to recognising the areas of weakness that are most limiting you right now. This ensures that you are always spending your time on the area of most need.

The results of our research reveal 8 quality characteristics that affect church health. These principles are relevant whether you are a mega church, medium-sized church or even a small house group. They are relevant to new churches and well established churches alike. These principles are accessible and provide a clear picture of where to invest effort.

The 8 quality characteristics are:

The 8 essential qualities do not tell you how you should lead your church. Sorry, but that’s your job. They inform your thinking providing direction that will promote church health, without determining the style, theological persuasion or specific mission of your church. We believe you should be empowered to increasingly become the church that you desire to experience, and God created you to be.

Have a look at the NCD process for next steps. We do not just point you in the right direction and set you off on your own. We provide a full range of resources, training and coaching available to help you reach your goals, and you will find details of these in the resources tab.


NCD International Announces Leadership Transition

Lynn Chetcutti Retires, Bill Bickle Steps in as New National Partner for UK and Ireland

NCD International wishes to advise that Lynn Chetcutti has retired from her position as the National Partner for the UK and Ireland. Lynn has been a stellar advocate for growing churches naturally and many of us across the UK, and at NCD International, are in her debt. A pastor at heart, she blessed many pastors and churches with her counsel, and especially during the pandemic. We wish her and John all the best in this next phase of their journey together.

Bill Bickle

We also wish to advise that Bill Bickle, our National Partner in Canada, is taking Lynn’s role. Bill has worked with Lynn from time to time in both countries, so we envision a smooth hand-off and transition. Much of the role can be carried out by tele-conference, and Bill plans to be on the ground in the UK and Ireland several times a year. Bill has been our partner in Canada since 2008 and brings that experience and wisdom to his expanded role. Please welcome Bill and be in touch with him by email at bill@ncd-uk.com or by phone at +1 416 804 6158.

There may be some issues while we amend the website and processes behind the scenes. If you experience any difficulties connecting with NCD, please be in touch with Bill.

Christian Schwarz & Adam Johnstone, NCD International