Christian A. Schwarz.jpgSchwarz created the Natural Church Development project, conducting multinational research to find out what traits growing churches had in common. His work covers 23 countries, thousands of churches, and crosses denominational lines as well as cultural lines. His contributions intend to refocus the modern day approach to many church growth concepts. He began the NCD institute in 1989, has had more than 40,000 churches worldwide use NCD tools toward fostering qualitative and quantitative growth.