Arbor Research Group

Providing churches and nonprofit organizations with data-driven solutions to growth and development challenges.
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Why work with Arbor Research Group?

Often times churches and ministries get to a place where big decisions need to be made as they look to the future. They know there’s something that needs to change, and perhaps they even have an idea of what that should be. But taking that step and making the decision can be overwhelming. The consultants of Arbor Research Group have the expertise and skills needed to uncover answers to the questions that are keeping you from moving forward. Our team digs deeper into the data and presents you with more than just numbers. In the end, you’ll receive actionable insights and findings you can leverage to strategize for the future. Our past clients have developed into long-term partnerships because of the warmth, flexibility, and expertise our team brings to a project.

Watch the video featuring the founder of Arbor Research Group, Terry Linhart, PhD., to learn more about how we can help you.

What you get from Arbor Research Group

Ministry Assessment

Anyone in leadership regularly asks the question, “How are we doing?” Aside from attendance or financial numbers, it’s a challenge to effectively answer that question. Our research processes reveal opinions, perspectives, and implications, providing you with a clear picture of your ministry’s effectiveness.

Custom Designed Research

No two challenges are the same, which is why we don’t use cookie cutter research strategies for our clients. We work with you to determine exactly what you need, and we design a plan exclusively for you. You’ll get the insights and information you need to help you move forward in your unique situation.

National Research

Our research spans from coast to coast while we get down to “street level.” Our proven and unique qualitative methods have given prominent denominations and multi-national organizations actionable insights and findings they can leverage to strategize for the future across the country and world.

Practical Outcomes

When you’re presented with the final outcomes from our study, you’ll find more than just graphs and numbers. Our in-depth research will reveal opinions, attitudes, behaviors, and insights (and even a few surprises) that allow you to use the information for making important decisions.

Evaluation isn’t Threatening: It’s Hope-Giving

When was the last time you conducted an evaluation of your leadership or ministry? More than a leadership retreat where a handful of high-capacity leaders shared their perspectives, I mean a check-up on a variety of qualities related to your ministry. Do you feel like you know the direction your organization is heading and what is likely around the next corner?

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Despite the Crowd, Your Coffee may be Bad

This past thanksgiving, my mother-in-law noted that we were making quite a few pots of coffee at her house. “Coffee must be good!” she remarked. I started to analyze the situation (sorry, I can’t seem to help having a research-oriented mind) and I wondered if her conclusion was the right one or if something else contributed to constant pots being made in the kitchen corner.

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3 Steps a Mechanic Uses to Fix Problems

I currently have the best mechanic I have ever had. My family and I often say that he works “magic” on our cars. He doesn’t have a magic wand or a pointy hat, but I’ve seen him fix problems that confuse other mechanics or do a repair for half of what another garage suggests. He’s one of those people (and maybe you know someone like him) who can jump in a car, drive it, and know what the problem is.

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What people are saying about Arbor Research Group

Having served with Terry Linhart on a major denominational restructuring commission, I saw firsthand his deep love for the local church coupled with his keen insights on how the local church functions best. If you need someone to help you cut through the fog and find solid answers for perplexing questions, Terry and Arbor Research Group would be my “go to” recommendation. They will help you achieve real clarity on your ministry decisions by providing best in class data-driven solutions. Bill Walter

President, Church Growth Services

Our team has repeatedly sought Terry Linhart’s input on tough research questions. His advice, affirmation, and gentle correctives have been so right-on that we keep going back for more of his help. I’m guessing you will too! Kara Powell, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Fuller Youth Institute

We faced the significant challenge (problem?) of assessment in areas of Scripture engagement, spiritual formation, and character development. How do you measure that stuff? Terry helped us to develop both qualitative and quantitative studies which have helped us to discern strengths and weaknesses and also chart strategic ways forward in discipleship. Throughout the experience, Terry has been a true friend and partner in ministry. Jason Jensen

National Field Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Reach out to Arbor Research Group

Drop us a line anytime, provide as many details as you can, and we will be in touch with you within 24 hours. That’s the level of personal attention we give to each custom project, no matter the size of your church or organization.
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