We weren’t anticipating anything too negative, but it was great to affirm that people were satisfied and that our vision and goals were aligned with the congregation. We feel confident that we are positioned to lead out around our vision. It was key for us to have the objective interpretation of the results.
We used this assessment to “take our temperature” after six years into my current tenure as rector, and the report affirmed for us that we are in a good place as a congregation. At the same time, it allowed us to see where the energy in our congregation seems to be in terms of future planning, and it will help us chart our course ahead.
The results sparked discussions within the church that proved very helpful in not only helping with the rector search process but also identified opportunity areas for our leadership to focus on for change or improvement.
[T]he tangible nature of a report like this is the most helpful. The discussion has changed from “I feel” or “I heard” to “they said/the assessment said.” We are working from a shared playbook. In our case, it boosted our confidence in the direction we were headed (we had a good report!), but no matter the results, I think leaders need to be operating with objectivity.
Holy Cow mapped out the process, gave us lots of communication tools to encourage participation, did everything on time and with clear communication. The questions were a mix of head and heart questions and adequately describes the membership of an organization. The comparisons to another 1500 organizations helped us see our uniqueness. (August 2018)
We will use this [CAT results] to springboard us into deeper conversation and plans for the future about where to put our energy for the Kingdom, in light of what the survey revealed. We will also take cues about what can be amped up or where there is a disconnect between what staff and leadership feels it is doing and what the survey revealed. Helps people get on the same page and also recognize there are diverse views that we need to recognize. June 2018
The [Landscape] survey confirmed some speculations. It also pointed to areas that need attention. Very helpful to have someone walk us through the data. We would tell other people that this is an excellent service. (May, 2018)
[Using Conversations for smaller congregations] it was helpful to see the comparison between where the Vestry is and the congregation is terms of transition. It is helping the vestry to have conversation about helping the congregation to move into the sense of renewal that the vestry is having. It has given us a plan on how to move forward in conversation with the congregation as we intentionally try to move forward, together, into the future God has in store for us. (June, 2018)
Holy Cow! has been impressive from beginning to end of our CAT survey. Great information, advice, tech support, availability, personal touch. The whole process went smoothly and our leaders are very pleased with the results- well worth the investment to help our church move forward with a pastor search and determine our “next chapter”. June, 2018
I am telling people how objective and applicable the data is for a church’s strategic planning. What we learned has helped us focus on what we need to address immediately. As well, we have insight to use as we plan for the future. Thank you for providing the most practical and useful assessment tool I’ve seen in a long time. (May, 2018)