First Lutheran Church, West Barnstable, MA

It gave us a great snap shot of our real growth over the two year period between the two times we took the CAT. Our mission decisions could be buoyed by data and not mere intuition.

The greatest benefit of the tool was seeing that we could risk to dream a renewed vision of ourselves as a congregation due to the increased flexibility of the congregation and understanding how we respond to leadership as a congregation.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Woodbridge, VA

Thank you so much for an amazing presentation today.  You are brilliant and engaging. Everyone was very impressed with you and your cogent presentation.  We have been in transition for two years, and in less than four hours you put it all into a usable perspective.
I am deeply grateful for your kindness, insights, and extremely thorough work.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mercer, PA

We had 2 candidates that we were able to interview in person we felt were the best fit for dealing with our situation….We saw a good but different future with either choice.  We requested video  sermons from the candidates and made arrangements to view the candidates at their churches.  Discernment still escaped us. After a couple weeks of discussion,  not expecting any conclusion we put up an easel and marker and listed the information from the Holy Cow Assessment and the answer became clear, it was a real holy cow moment.  There was really only one right match for our church.

 So yesterday she candidated and was accepted with a 97% acceptance. 

David Miron Coordinator, Clergy and Congregation Care Samaritan Counseling Center

The CAT process consistently facilitates identification of underlying dynamics of the congregation and provides the catalyst that enables discussion of these dynamics. I have had the privilege of witnessing congregational members and leadership teams talk after the interpretation of their Vital Signs reportabout named areas of probable difficulty they were unable or unwilling to discuss previously. In this regard, alone, the CAT is an invaluable tool for helping a congregation in its discernment process and movement forward.

C. John Thompson-Quartey, Canon for Ministry Development and Congregational Vitality for Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Holy Cow! has been a life-saver for the work of vitality we are engaged in here in the Diocese of Atlanta.  The Church Assessment Tool is a very accurate and precise way of gauging the energy and satisfaction levels of our congregations.  It is a reflection of what they say about themselves.  The CATWalk training was excellent for us, because it provided us locally trained CAT Interpreters to expedite our work.

The. Rev. Sara J. Anderson, Associate to the Bishop, New England Synod, ELCA

Using the CAT in our Synod has improved the process by which we match pastoral candidates with congregation in transition. It has enabled our pastors to begin their new call and engage in ministry from a position of strength. They know where to begin and where to best focus their attention so they can engage in ministry and mission with confidence.

Potomac Presbyterian Church, Potomac, MD

Has given clarity to church board and sparked good conversation about areas for growth. The experience was amazing! So helpful and the staff was so responsive.

Karen Chamis, Director of Congregational Development and Mission of National Capital Presbytery

Over 40 of our congregations have benefited from the Congregational Assessment Tool.  Not only has the CAT been a vital tool for our congregations, but it has shaped the work of our Congregational Development Committee as they seek to provide support for our congregations.  The validity of this tool could stand alone – but it partnered with the excellent support on the part of Holy Cow! staff makes it unparalleled.