The best place to start the NCD journey is through Color Your World. The previous introductory book, and still a good book especially to understand well the original research and how the 8 Quality Characteristics were derived, is Natural Church Development A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches.
Christian A. Schwarz, the founder of NCD, is writing a book about each of the 8 Quality Characteristics. These books are called collectively, the 3 Color Series. Each of these books has one or more resource books and additional tools on the Internet.
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The All By Itself Pathway invites you into a 90-minute encounter with Christian A. Schwarz, the founder and head of the Institute for Natural Church Development (NCD). Christian will reduce the discoveries of two decades of research in tens of thousands of churches to a handful of personal action steps. While countless churches have implemented individual aspects of Natural Church Development, the majority have yet to discover the strategic key that Christian calls the All By Itself Pathway—consistently living in line with the unique gifts, energies, and resources that God has already granted you and your church.
The book addresses three basic questions: 1. How can your church grow in quality and quantity regardless of unfavorable trends in society? 2. How can you have the greatest impact on your church regardless of your level of responsibility? 3. How can you maximize your fruitfulness in all areas of life regardless of your present starting point?