The Church of the Covenant, Washington, PA

We looked at several survey tools. While we’d had prior experience with Holy Cow! Consulting, we still found your survey to be the most thorough and flexible. Moreover, you are established and have an excellent track record and reputation.

The most helpful part of the report was [t]he Transition Module gave us some ideas for actions the church can take on during the time we search for a new pastor. Also some ideas of the kind of pastor we should consider considering the results of the survey. (April 2021)

The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

As Diocesan leaders, we have lots of tools, trainings, and programs to help congregations become more vital and effective, but without the clarity of the CAT, it’s hard to know which tools will be most useful for any given parish.  Essentially, it was like throwing all the tools at congregations and hoping something would stick, a one-size-fits-all approach.  The CAT has been a miracle in our work, enabling us to effectively work with each church in its uniqueness, choosing the tools that would be most effective for that individual congregation.  It’s transformed how we approach congregational vitality in our Diocese, and it has transformed many churches in our Diocese as well, helping them to be more healthy. (April2021)

Sally Ulrey
Missioner for Congregational Vitality

The Episcopal Diocese of Utah

[Working with data from the Landscape] The biggest benefits have been: seeing attitudes and preferences in our judicatory across roles and time. We’re very satisfied with this experience, and it should be extremely helpful for us going forward.

Working with our consultant has been great. She’s very insightful, has responded quickly to every question, and in her presentation she found ways to contradict some of our assumptions in a very nice way. (March 2021)

Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada, CO

The CAT is helping us to see ourselves more clearly as we have listened systematically to our congregation.  It seems very valuable and has opened our eyes to realities we couldn’t articulate. (March 2021)

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Dublin, OH

The benchmarking – seeing how we compare to other churches further validates our results and also helps us be less insular in our understanding of ourselves.

Working with HC has been a tremendous blessing and gift for us! Thank You! (March 2021)

Minnehaha Communion Lutheran, Minneapolis

Our consultant was Amazing! She was so insightful and gracious. Our results were sobering but truthful! She is also willing to meet with us a second time.

We are so grateful!By all means do the CAT! It is an insightful and honest “view” of the congregation! Excellent ministry! (March, 2021)

United Church in Tallahassee

 [The Congregation Assessment Tool] given us so much to work on, think about, and try our best to put into practice. Our consultant’s presentation was extremely insightful and helpful to us! We are extremely grateful for your help and the depth of resources that you are able to offer for struggling churches. (February 2021)

Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts


The CAT (Congregation Assessment Tool) has changed my Ministry for good. I’ve been doing this work for almost seven years now. Having solid evidence for discernment – especially, but not exclusively, for clergy transitions has been fabulous.  – The Rev. Dr. Richard M. Simpson,
Canon to the Ordinary (February 2020)