Coronavirus Survey: Churches feel affected by no face-to-face contact

A recent survey by Christian Conference Trust has revealed that 92% of churches and Christian organisations say they have lost connection with some of their people because they were unable to meet face-to-face.

Their survey revealed that 98% of event organisers still plan to hold face-to-face conferences in the future, giving confidence to all Christian residential providers as they look to welcome guests back in 2021.

Christian Conference Trust run The Hayes, High Leigh and Belsey Bridge. They are confident that churches and Christian organisations will return in the spring when they plan to re-open their centres.

Chief Executive, John Heasman;

“There has never been a more important time to reconnect in person. Video conferencing helped us all through 2020 but it will never replace the closeness of community felt by going away for a weekend conference together. Our guests understand the value of residential events with 91% telling us they do not believe that video conferencing will replace face-to-face contact.

We’ve been serving the Christian community for over 100 years and we’re going to be here for the next generation of believers to enable their ministry to flourish. As one of our guests told us recently, ‘there is no substitute for togetherness’ ”.

Christian Conference Trust also found that 83% of those surveyed say that their ministry has become more difficult without face-to-face contact. Believing that the future of residential retreats is vital, Christian Conference Trust are launching their largest ever advertising campaign.

The new advertisement highlights the isolation felt by so many at this time and the benefits of reconnecting away from the everyday environment. The campaign will feature on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and will target the wider Christian community including youth groups, city churches and those who may never have experienced residential retreats.

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