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Assessments Glossary Of Terms

Platform Terminology

Assessment Admin

A user with access to the assessments admin application who is a member of one or more organizations.

Participant

A user who interacts with an assessment deployment who may or may not provide PII, or answer questions in the assessment.

Assessment Configuration

A unique instance of an assessment that is intended to be delivered to an audience for the purpose of obtaining first-party data. The cohort starts at zero and builds as participants interact with the deployment.

Personal Report

A report received by the participant at completion of the assessment, reflecting their unique results based on their responses to the questions.

Aggregate Report

A report available to the administrator of the deployment, reflecting the aggregated scores (simple and/or complex) of all who took that assessment through this specific deployment.

Assessment Scores

Assessment reports, whether personal or aggregate, are built from scores that are calculated from individual question responses.

Next Steps

For each deployment, a URL can be provided that will direct participants who complete the assessment to a next step.

Custom Redirect

URL link to an externally coded “result calculator” to calculate and deliver the personal report.
This is an external application to display custom results. The application must be registered with Gloo's API. Users skip the finish page at the end of the assessment and are taken to the URL if it is configured. Click Here to learn more.

Assessment

A scientifically-backed, normed, validated set of questions—typically associated with a report—delivered to the person who took the assessment, the person who assigned the assessment, and/or in aggregate, the organization that offered the assessment.

State Analytic

An assessment analytic that shows the current state of a user or an organization on a spectrum that has a propensity to change over time.

Trait Analytic

An assessment analytic that exposes one or more psychometric descriptions of a user that rarely change over time.

Reveal Assessment Terminology

These surveys lean into insights from more than 10 years of research on how to optimize a church’s effectiveness in helping people grow spiritually. It was developed using data from about 1,600 churches and 400,000 congregants. This database allows REVEAL to provide you with unique insights into church engagement by comparing your church’s results to those of a diverse group of churches of all denominations, sizes, styles, and geography.

Overall Church Engagement

Spiritual Practices

These practices include Bible study, relating to God personally in prayer, giving time to serve others, financial giving, and living a life characterized by God’s peace

Environment for Spiritual Growth

Leaning into the REVEAL Best Practice Principles, the Church Engagement Score measures congregants’ satisfaction with the church’s environment for spiritual growth in the areas of creating ownership and helping people get moving on their growth journeys.

Church Activities

Based on input from pastors around the country, the Church Engagement Score focuses on frequency of involvement in three church activities: worship service attendance, small group involvement, and serving in a church ministry.

Spiritual Continuum

The Spiritual Continuum groups congregants based on the self-described closeness of their relationship with Jesus Christ. The hallmark finding of REVEAL is that this continuum is highly predictive of the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are associated with increased love of God and love of others. The statement under each category is characteristic of the way in which people in that segment describe their faith in Christ.

Exploring Christ

"I believe in God, but I am not sure about Christ. My faith is not a significant part of my life.”

Growing in Christ

"I believe in Jesus and am working on what it means to get to know him."

Close To Christ

"I feel really close to Christ and depend on him for guidance."

Christ Centered

“My relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in my life. It guides everything I do."

Minimally Engaged

Congregants in this group have not yet committed themselves to following Christ in your congregation. Their engagement in church activities and catalytic spiritual practices is in the lowest 25% of all congregants who have taken REVEAL.

Somewhat Engaged

Congregants in this group are journeying with your church into a deeper level of engagement in church activities and catalytic spiritual practices, but could press in further. Their engagement is right around average compared to other congregants who have taken REVEAL.

Fully Engaged

Congregants in this group are all-in on the spiritual growth journey at your church. Their engagement in church activities and catalytic spiritual practices is in the top 25% of all congregants who have taken REVEAL.

Spiritual Vitality Index

The Spiritual Vitality Index is an aggregate measure of the spiritual maturity of a congregation and discipleship effectiveness of a church. The percentile score reflects how your church’s results compare to the results of other churches in the REVEAL dataset. For example, a score of 65 means your result is higher than 65% of churches in the REVEAL dataset.

Church Archetypes

Your Church’s Archetype is determined by plotting your results on a the graph below. The vertical axis measures the spiritual strength of a congregation, using a mix of catalysts including beliefs, personal spiritual practices and faith in action. The horizontal measures the discipleship effectiveness of a church based on five Best Practices.

Primary Achetype

The primary archetype is the best descriptor for your church’s characteristics based on your congregation’s spiritual strength and how they evaluate your church on the Best Practices.

Shadow Archetype

The “shadow” archetype is the next best descriptor for your church’s characteristics. It can indicate where the church is going (absent change) or where the church has been.

Spiritual Continuum

The Spiritual Continuum groups congregants based on the self-described closeness of their relationship with Jesus Christ. The hallmark finding of REVEAL is that this continuum is highly predictive of the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are associated with increased love of God and love of others. The statement under each category is characteristic of the way in which people in that segment describe their faith in Christ.

Beliefs

The Beliefs measured include the teaching around the Trinity, Salvation by Grace, and the Authority of Scripture, as well as the ideas of a Personal God and finding ones Identity in Christ. Past research has found these 5 beliefs to move as one matures in Christ.

Practices

The personal spiritual Practices that most reliably fuel an individual’s spiritual growth include Bible Study, Worship, Prayer, Biblical Community, and a Single-Mindedness that reflects a desire for Christ to be first in one’s life.

Virtues

Another name for Virtues is Fruit of the Spirit. The five measured in this survey include Love, Joy, Peace, Patience and Self-Control. These virtues are often the outcome of solid beliefs and practices taking hold in one’s life.

Faith in Action

Based on REVEAL’s research, the Faith in Action dimensions assessed in the survey include Serving, Evangelism, Giving/ Tithing, and knowing and using one’s Spiritual Gifts to fulfill God’s purposes. 

 

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