Coronavirus, Church and You Survey
Researchers from York St John University are asking churches and churchgoers how they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think the future may hold.
"As we pass the most severe period of lockdown, it seems a good time to assess...Has it strengthened or weakened faith? How has it been for clergy and ministry teams trying to work in this new environment? How have those receiving ministry found this novel experience? Will virtual ministry become part of the post-pandemic landscape, and will this be a good move for your church," ask the survey authors Revd Professor Andrew Village and Revd Canon Professor Leslie J. Francis.
The online survey should take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It can be completed on mobile phones, though it is more quickly completed on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers. Most of the questions simply require the respondent to tick boxes, though there are options to specify particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for respondents to outline their views in their own words.
The closing date of the survey is 30 June.
In an article to launch the survey in the Church Times, the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, wrote: “This survey is an attempt to go beyond anecdote… It will capture evidence of both excitement and fears for the future, of where stress levels have changed, and whether personal faith has weakened or grown.”
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