Online Church experience Survey launched in response to pandemic

Community in a Crisis is an initiative that has been set up as a response to the pandemic. Passionate about relational church online, they have been helping hundreds of churches get set up online, through training events, blog posts, and videos.

The initiative was setup by Nay Dawson with the endorsement of IFES-Europe in service of the local church.

Context of the survey

The survey was created with the hope of finding out what the experience of church has been like for guests, members, and leaders. It will be shared across Europe, with the creators hoping it will help people to learn lessons from lockdown, which will then shape the future of the church.

The purpose of the survey is to help churches understand how they can best serve their congregations and visitors. It is anticipated that, in some countries, restrictions may persist for some time. These insights will also help church leaders to make decisions about routes out of lockdown which will best serve the needs of their congregations and visitor as restrictions are partially lifted.

The survey is anonymous and the data will not be shared beyond the Survey team.  Survey results will be published only in an aggregated form where individual respondents cannot be identified.

The survey team are:

Nay Dawson

Nay works for IFES as the Regional Training Co-ordinator setting up a network of Seeker Bible study trainers across Europe. Prior to this she worked for UCCF as a staff worker, Team leader and co-ordinated the Science Leadership Network, she now works for Together with her husband they wrote Uncover Mark and were part of the team that created and launched it. Nay has set up Passion for Evangelism a network of female public evangelists. In lockdown as a response to churches being closed Nay with a team of friends has set up the initiative Community in a Crisis.

Dr Martine Barons

Dr Martine J Barons is the Director of the Applied Statistics & Risk Unit and the University of Warwick, UK and vice chair of the Christian Postgraduate and Staff Network, Warwick. Martine started her career in accountancy and after 20 year full time at home bringing up her family, she took a degree, Masters and PhD in mathematical sciences. Martine’s key research interest is quantitative decision support for decision-making under uncertainty and she has published research on health, food security, pollination and expert judgement.  Martine has been part of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa since 1986.

Jo Rogers is anthropologist with experience in public engagement and communications. She currently works as a town planner and was an formerly Events and Communications Manager for IFES.

Supported by: Arie De Pater from European Evangelical Alliance

The survey has been translated into many languages so that we get a whole picture of what is happening across Europe. The languages translated so far are: Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Swedish and Ukranian. Translations coming soon: Hungarian, Maltese, Polish and Portuguese.

Links to publicity and survey in different languages are on this blog post: https://naydawson.com/2020/05/29/church-online-experience-survey/

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