The faith journey is about growing in our spiritual
life. We are all spiritual beings. Natural Church Development measures
the level of passion we have in our relationship to Christ.
Passion arises out of total devotion to Christ and an
openness to the Holy Spirit. The NCD survey measures the individual
spirituality of the congregation, the church-wide level of
spirituality, especially the passion in our spirituality, and whether
the faith of the people of the congregation is contagious.
Passionate Spirituality is often the lowest
characteristic for churches that have taken the Natural Church
Effective ministry flows out of a passionate
spirituality. Spiritual intimacy leads to a strong conviction that God
will act in powerful ways. A godly vision can only be accomplished
through an optimistic faith that views obstacles as opportunities and
turns defeats into victories.
The important issue here is not the way spirituality
is expressed, but the fact that faith is actually lived out with
commitment, fire and enthusiasm. The methods a church uses are really a
secondary concern. A church that lives its faith with passionate fervor
will experience success with many a method.