Welcome to CARA—The Community Asset Review and Assessment.

This simple but powerful tool helps you explore specific ways to become more effective and intentional in your shared life together.

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EIGHT ASSETS COMMUNITIES SHARE

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For each of the eight community assets, you will have a chance to assess your community on how much you value that asset, how well you practice it, and briefly explain the ratings you give. For the survey, a 1 means low and a 5 means high

To help you think about your answer, you’ll also find a video for most of the assets that lets you hear from members of some intentional communities as they respond to the same question. Feel free to use these as much as you find helpful.
 
PURPOSE

In communities with a strong, thickly shared purpose, people across the community could describe why they were where they were, doing what they were doing. They might say, “We are living in this neighborhood of San Francisco to be the family of Jesus among and for our neighbors.”
 
How would you rate the level that a commonly shared purpose is valued and sought in your community? *

 
How would you rate the level that a commonly shared purpose is expressed and lived in your community? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27258865}} in valuing and a {{answer_29273512}} in practicing the asset of Purpose?

 
PEOPLE

Whether a person is 9 or 89, male or female, regardless of ethnicity or wealth, healthy intentional communities act to understand and call out each member’s gifts. In an ecosystem of grace, every gift is honored and every voice is carefully heard.
 
How would you rate the level of desire for all people in your community to be deeply known and treasured for who God has made them to be? *

 
How would you rate the level that all people in your community are deeply known and treasured for who God has made them to be? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27262041}} in valuing and a {{answer_29274541}} in practicing the asset of People?

 
PLACE

Extended families that are attending carefully to the gift of their place reflect the distinctives of that setting in ways that are profoundly unique and effective. Should we expect suburban and urban, African and Asian churches to be the same in practice and culture?
 
How would you rate the level at which your community values sharing physical space or place for its life and work? *

 
How would you rate the level at which your community practices sharing physical space or place for its life and work? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27259941}} in valuing and a {{answer_29273956}} in practicing the asset of Place?

 
PRODUCTION

In every healthy family there is work to be done. Healthy intentional communities are proactive in seeing that each member has meaningful work that contributes to their shared life and purpose.
 
How would you rate the value that every person in your community would find productive activity appropriate for who and where they are? *

 
How would you rate the level that every person in your community is finding productive activity appropriate for who and where they are? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27262815}} in valuing and a {{answer_29277509}} in practicing the asset of Production?

 
PROCESS

Families that honor Jesus as Lord discover ways to discern a path forward together. Beyond authoritarianism or majority rule, healthy intentional communities work out a means to discern and govern that takes seriously God’s present guidance among God’s people.
 
How would you rate the level that a wise process is valued and sought in your community, so that every voice is heard in understanding and implementing God’s will? *

 
How would you rate the level that a wise process is practiced in your community, ensuring that every voice is heard in understanding and implementing God’s will? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27263481}} in valuing and a {{answer_29277646}} in practicing the asset of Process?

 
PREPARATION

Research and personal experience make it clear that unless communities are intentional in the ways they include new people into their ongoing practices, people are unlikely to stay. This is true of people who grow up in the community, as well as newcomers.
 
How would you rate the value given to preparing people to enter your community through welcome and training, whether insiders or outsiders? *

 
How would you rate the practice of preparing people to enter your community through welcome and training, whether insiders or outsiders? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27263599}} in valuing and a {{answer_29278050}} in practicing the asset of Preparation?

 
POSSESSIONS

What was true in the first century remains true today—people who love one another as family find ways to share what they have with each other “so that there are no needy among them.” This is true whether the asset in question is money, cars, homes, or fields. Sharing of these assets, in particular, impacts not only the quality of our attention, but also the quantity available. People who can live well on half the financial resources through simplicity and sharing may have twice the time for loving.
 
How would you rate the level of desire to share possessions—money and materials—to support the well-being of everyone in your community? *

 
How would you rate the level of sharing of possessions—money and materials—to support the well-being of everyone in your community? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27263779}} in valuing and a {{answer_29278129}} in practicing the asset of Possessions?

 
PLAY

A key marker of the love of God embodied in a community is that community members find joy in playful sharing together. While this may take many forms, play together seems to be a steady characteristic of healthy families.
 
How would you rate the level that your community values playful activities together? *

 
How would you rate the level that your community engages in playful activities together? *

 
What would you say are some reasons for giving your community a {{answer_27263827}} in valuing and a {{answer_29278160}} in practicing the asset of Play?

 
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When you click [Submit] below we will process this survey and send an email to {{answer_27259218}} with your answers, along with guidance for how to use CARA with your community, and further resources for building strong community.
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