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What We Do

We bring to a leadership team, an array of tools, resources and processes to build capacity for greater health, and resulting growth.

We tend the garden, God brings the growth.

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Fordelm

Fordelm provides consulting services to church leaderships, churches and denominational offices. In addition to NCD and Restorative Practices, Fordelm provides support in governance, strategy, planning and operational reviews.

Fordelm builds customized plans that identify and deal with the most critical areas impeding the health and growth of the congregation, both spiritually and numerically.

Fordelm was formed in 2005 t work with financial institutions and has since broadened to serve non-profits of all kinds, in Canada and beyond.

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Natural Church Development (NCD)

Natural Church Development (NCD), a global church health institute founded in Germany in 1989 by Christian A. Schwarz. NCD is best known for its iconic church health Survey now conducted over 100,000 times in 65 countries, and in 35+ languages. Its 3 Color Discipleship Series includes tools, books and tests to guide the health conversation at the individual, group, team or congregational level. NCD is based on extensive international research initially in 1,000 churches in 32 countries on 5 continents.  The research uncovered principles promoting healthy growth independent of a church’s denomination, theology, ministry model, liturgical style or size. These principles can be applied in the local church through NCD’s long-term strategic process for improving the church’s health. For more information about how NCD is implemented in Canadian churches, Click Here.

Faithcare

FaithCARE is the Restorative Practice (RP) division of Shalem Mental Health Network, working through a series of open and honest conversations done in facilitated circles, to help churches work through conflicts in such a way that they lead to deeper understanding and healthier relationships. Through training and mentoring, FaithCARE equips churches and church leadership teams to become restorative congregations—to build strong, healthy, “conflict-friendly” communities. FaithCARE helps congregations live out the ministry of reconciliation given to us by God in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5. FaithCARE and its facilitators/trainers, are licensed and certified by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) headquartered in Bethlehem, PA.

This 5½ minute YouTube video was produce by our Australian National Partner, Adam Johnstone.

A quick overview of the Eight Quality Characteristics and how they constitute the health of a local congregation. Ideal for introducing and reviewing the NCD principles, concepts and processes.

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Natural Church Development (NCD), a global church health institute founded in Germany in 1989 by Christian A. Schwarz. NCD is best known for its iconic church health Survey now conducted over 100,000 times in 65 countries, and in 35+ languages. Its 3 Color Discipleship Series includes tools, books and tests to guide the health conversation at the individual, group, team or congregational level. NCD is based on extensive international research initially in 1,000 churches in 32 countries on 5 continents.  The research uncovered principles promoting healthy growth independent of a church’s denomination, theology, ministry model, liturgical style or size. These principles can be applied in the local church through NCD’s long-term strategic process for improving the church’s health. For more information about how NCD is implemented in Canadian churches, click here.

Faithcare

FaithCARE is built on a framework of restorative practices including how to ask restorative questions, relational and leadership quadrants, fair process, and the analysis and impact of shame in relationships. Facilitations carried out to deal with conflict responsively are typically done in circles with participation by all of the people impacted by the conflict. Proactive work, usually through a series of training workshops and role-plays, builds a community’s capacity for more restorative conversations, which leads to restored relations, and greater congregational health.

For more information about how NCD is implemented in Canadian churches, click here.