As your church navigates the legalities related the COVID-19 crisis, there are also concerns about how your congregation is faring and how you as a church can support those who are struggling. We hate to use the overused phrase, “These are unprecedented times,” but they truly are. None of us in church leadership has likely dealt with anything like this.
Church leaders and staff members are all doing the best they can to navigate this crisis, but in the absence of face-to-face interactions and conversations with your congregation members, it can be very difficult to know how to best serve your congregation and what they expect from your church moving forward.
COVID-19 Survey for Church Congregations
As a leading organization in church assessments, the team at VitalChurch has put together a short survey related to the COVID-19 crisis that you can send to your congregation. It’s a free tool that will answer some very important questions like, “How has the shelter-in-place orders affected people personally?” and “What precautions do church members expect to see in place when the church re-opens for in-person gatherings?”
Not only will VitalChurch provide you with the free survey to email to your congregation, we will also compile the results for you and present them to you in an easy-to-read format. We believe the findings will be an invaluable resource for you as you shepherd your church through this crisis. They will give you some important insights into what your congregation is thinking and feeling about the crisis in general, how your church has handled it, and what they want to see from your church in the near future.
Conducting this survey is a great way to get an understanding of the state of your entire church body, rather than just hearing from the most vocal or opinionated within it.
How the Survey Results Can Benefit Your Church
In any leadership position, you have to be prepared to make unpopular decisions, so this survey shouldn’t be used on its own to determine how your church will proceed in the coming months. (Your congregation members aren’t “voting”—just sharing their opinions.) However, the results of the survey should give you a good idea of how people are feeling and what they expect from you, so you can effectively address their concerns and better communicate any decisions you make.
COVID-19 Church Survey Featured on the Vanderbloemen Website
If you’re in church leadership, you’ve likely heard of Vanderbloemen, the consulting agency that helps churches with things like staffing, coaching, and culture development. Vanderbloemen has put together a comprehensive resource page for churches to help them navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and our survey is listed on it under the “Church Culture and Safety” section. We invite you to check out their resource page, titled “ReOpening Church: Leading After COVID-19.” The listed resources cover everything from restructuring your church staff to understanding the CARES Act to online church best practices.
Contact VitalChurch to Get Started
If you’re interested in sending the survey to your congregation, simply fill out the registration form at the bottom of our COVID-19 survey information page. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you successfully guide your church through these “unprecedented times.”