This post on congregational benefits is
by Ken Howard
Earlier this year at a conference, I gave a presentation on the Neighborhood Missional Intelligence Assessment. When the time came for Q&A, one of the participants posed this question:
“I can see how neighborhood missional assessment would be good for new start congregations and congregations looking to relocate, but what are the congregational benefits for existing churches that have been around long enough to form a deeper understanding of their neighborhood?”
I get this question (or variations thereof) more often than one might think.
My smarty-pants Anglican answer goes something like this:
“If you’re asking me if neighborhood missional assessment is most useful for new congregations or existing congregations, the answer is ‘Yes!’ But it’s also essential for existing congregations.”