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'Coronavirus, Church & You' Survey

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Jun, 2020 05:14 PM

The combination of coronavirus and the lockdown has affected how we all see and experience Church, but now researchers are now looking to create a picture of what has happened.

'Coronavirus, Church & You' Survey

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A team from St John University York has developed a survey over the last few weeks in discussion with bishops, clergy and lay people which enables you to record your experience of the pandemic, the ministry you have given or received, and what you think will happen to churches in a post-pandemic world.

The Revd Professor Andrew Village explains:

"The lockdown has severely restricted ministry in areas such as pastoral care, fellowship groups, and serving the community. On the other hand, for those with online access, worship has taken on new and creative forms over the last few weeks. Many clergy and ministry teams have risen to the challenge of operating in the virtual environment.

"As we pass the most severe period of lockdown, it seems a good time to assess how churchgoers have responded to the experience, and what they think the future might hold. How well have people coped with the pandemic? Has it strengthened or weakened their 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?"

The online survey, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete, can be completed on mobile phones, though it is more quickly completed on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers.

You can access it here.

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