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Passionate Spirituality

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 Development survey.

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.


In a church with high Passionate Spirituality the people will be:

  • Enthusiastic about their spiritual life
  • Growing spiritually
  • Practicing their faith with joy
  • Sharing their faith with others


  • Lack of spiritual power and leadership confidence
  • Daily work seems scattered and unproductive
  • Low commitment and enthusiasm in your spiritual disciplines
  • Unsure of where your ministry is headed and what to do next

What is Measured?

  • Personal spiritual disciplines
  • Corporate spiritual disciplines
  • Contagious faith

Biblical Basis
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12: 11-12 NIV

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