Congregational Study

Our Congregational Study provides you with a comprehensive look at your congregation’s supports and opportunities available for children, youth, and adults with a variety of abilities and disabilities and their inclusion into the life of your church (including worship, education, and service). We will specifically look at the integration of Universal Design elements into your environment, building, worship, and education opportunities, and your congregation’s individualized planning process for members with specific needs.

Our comprehensive Congregational Study utilizes a three-step process of “What do we see? What do we think? What do we do?”:

  1. See: Seeing the strengths and needs of the current environment through interviews with staff, volunteers, and church members and observations of your programs and services
  2. Think: A collaborative thinking process with your staff that summarizes the gathered information and determines the direction for reaching your goals.
  3. Do: A detailed written report with findings, recommendations, and resources to guide your community in faithfully building belonging. Plus, the support of our team through a year-long (renewable) Membership.

Depending on the size of your congregation, our consultants will spend one to two days conducting interviews, observations, and discussions to provide you with an in-depth look at your current situation and vision. Following the Congregational Study, you will receive a thorough report of our findings and recommended best practices for achieving your vision.

Contact Us

To discuss a Congregational Study for your church, please contact Victoria White, Director of Church Services, atvwhite@allbelong.org or call us at 616-855-3112. We look forward to talking with you!

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