Church Survey Results!
Here are some things we learned about Peace from the recent survey:
Give members time immediately to fill out the survey. If a member filled out the survey, they did it right away. Members type better than they write. There were more helpful responses through the online version where there was ample room for feedback. Rather than telling us what you’d like to do in the church, members generally responded with what they do, or more often “just tell me where I’m needed”. As expected we have a good mix of Prophets, Priests, and Kings, with slightly more Kings. But Kings generally like to fill out surveys like this because they want to help fix things, so that might explain that stat. The good news is it appears that we have what it takes to be a well-rounded Body of Christ. We have people who are passionate about getting the Word out. We have people who are passionate about serving others. We have people who are passionate about organizing and getting things done. I love that about our church! We have good people. We have good people because we have a good and gracious God. Now, how do we put all this together? That is a good question that needs a whole lot more thought.
About 37 surveys were filled out online, about 10 on paper and about 40 of the two question short paper surveys were filled out. In short, about 65 people responded in some way. Thank you to all those who responded. Where were the rest? This was such a good opportunity to give some feedback to the leadership of the church. Lay Ministry now has some feedback to adjust Christmas Eve service times. We will try to communicate ‘on a regular basis’ in print and online because that is desired. And I think we can teach our computer to send reminders of events for those who would like them. Some of you gave some really good feedback. Here are some of the areas of emphases in the responses: ‘Missions’ was mentioned the most. Respondents were happy with our efforts but would like to do more. Some would like to do more ‘locally’. That leads into the second most mentioned topic – ‘community outreach’, especially the surrounding area of the Church. That then leads us into another well mentioned area of ministry - to improve in the use of ‘Social Media’. That’s a whole different community, the “online” one. And it's huge! But that’s what reaching out means! We also heard responses for more ‘Bible Study’ opportunities, more help for ‘young families’, and more ‘fellowship’ opportunities so people can get to know one another. Lots of good general suggestions came from the responses, and also a few specific ones like: a ‘local’ mission trip, online Bible Studies and inspirations, babysitting for events, preaching through a book of the Bible, and a meal ministry for those who have experienced a life change or loss. What great ideas! I am proud of these responses.
Now, how do we mobilize the membership and make some of these things happen? Oh, there was one last great suggestion. Pray! Pray for guidance. Pray for action. Pray for sustainability. God will do all the heavy lifting, and that means lifting us into action. We need to pray about some of these things that they become reality. You can start NOW. In the meantime we will take your ideas to the Parish Planning Council and see if they can implement some of these ideas.