COVID-19 and Your Congregation: How Can We Help?

We want to hear how COVID-19 is affecting your congregation and how the Conference can support you.

*First Name
*Last Name
*Email
*Church
*District and/or Town
*Church Size
*Congregational Role
If you had to guess, what percentage of your regularly connected congregation (Before COVID-19) is connected now?
No answer
0-30%
30-50%
50-75%
75-90%
90-100%
100%+ - We are connecting to more people than before COVID
Worship
Which online worship opportunities are you offering?

Select all that apply.

Live worship via Facebook Live, YouTube, or a similar platform
Live worship via Zoom
Live worship hosted on the church website
Pre-recorded worship posted to the church website
Pre-recorded worship posted to social media outlets
We are not currently offering online worship
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
How would you classify your online worship?
No answer
Basic: It is good enough to engage our congregation during this time, using basic equipment and maybe incorporating some graphics and videos.
Intermediate: It is a generally solid experience, using decent equipment and incorporating multimedia on a regular basis.
Advanced: It feels professionally done, weaving together quality videos and multiple camera shots to create a strong, engaging experience. We are using some pro-grade equipment and software and have expertise in this area.
What are your future plans for online worship?
No answer
We were already offering online worship before COVID-19
We are new to online worship, but plan to continue it after COVID-19
We do not plan to offer online worship after COVID-19
We are not sure of our plans yet
What type of resourcing would be most helpful for you in creating a strong online worship experience?

Select all that apply.

Training in basic technologies (audio, video, computer, online worship platforms)
Funding for better equipment and software for online worship
Access to quality videos from other churches, such as songs, sermons, scripture readings, etc. to incorporate into our service
Access to professionally created videos or graphics
Training in preaching/communicating to an online audience
Training in more advanced filming and editing techniques and/or graphic design
A cohort of ministry colleagues doing online worship at a similar level, so that we can grow in these efforts together
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
How are you engaging new people through online worship?
No answer
We don't have many new people joining us for online worship
We have new people joining us and try to practice hospitality, but don't have a defined guest engagement strategy
We have new people joining us and have a well-defined guest engagement strategy
Discipleship
How are you engaging adults in discipleship during this time?

Select all that apply.

Little to no change to our strategies prior to COVID-19
We have created online small groups or Bible studies using Zoom or a sim
We have offered devotional opportunities via Facebook Live or a similar platform
We have developed resources for spiritual growth at home
We have some in-person groups meeting, following safe practices
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What has the engagement been like with adult discipleship opportunities?
No answer
We've seen some engagement, but not as much as we would hope
We've seen pretty good engagement
We've seen surprisingly strong engagement
How are you engaging families of children in discipleship during this time?

Select all that apply.

No answer
Little to no change to our strategies prior to COVID-19
Increased use of social media, texting, and other communications
We have developed new resources for families to use at home
We have created online small group opportunities
We have some in-person groups meeting, following safe practices
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What has the engagement been like from families of children?
No answer
We've seen some engagement, but not as much as we would hope
We've seen pretty good engagement
We've seen surprisingly strong engagement
How are you engaging youth in discipleship during this time?

Select all that apply.

Little to no change to our strategies prior to COVID-19
Increased use of social media, texting, and other communications
We have developed new resources for families to use at home
We have created online small group opportunities
We have some in-person groups meeting, following safe practices
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What has the engagement been like from youth?
No answer
We've seen some engagement, but not as much as we would hope
We've seen pretty good engagement
We've seen surprisingly strong engagement
What type of resourcing would be most helpful for you around discipleship at this time?

Select all that apply.

Training in basic technologies for online connection (Zoom, Facebook Live, etc.)
Increased funding for discipleship
Access to resources for at home discipleship
Access to video resources that can be used by online small groups
A cohort of ministry colleagues seeking to do digital discipleship well, so that we can grow in these efforts together
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
Community Outreach/Missions
In what areas of community outreach/mission is your church currently involved?

Select all that apply.

Healthcare
School partnerships
Feeding ministry
Housing
Creation care
Community development
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
Where is your church involved in community outreach/ministry?

Select all that apply.

Local community
Regionally (if selected, please indicate location below)
Globally (if selected, please indicate location below)
Regional and/or global locations with which we are involved
What community outreach/mission strategies would be helpful to know more about?

Select all that apply.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
Moving from Relief to Empowerment
Effects of race and privilege on communities and ministries
Creating authentic community partnerships
"Do no harm. Do good"
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What types of resourcing would be most helpful in strengthening your community outreach/mission ministries?

Select all that apply.

Training in the strategies (mentioned above) for church leaders
Access to training to share with your local congregation
Book/resource discussions
Cohort with other colleagues involved in community outreach/mission
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
Communications
How would you classify your church's digital presence?
No answer
Non-existent: Website doesn't exist or isn't current; no social media presence
Basic: We have a basic website and/or social media presence
Intermediate: We have a solid, updated website and a moderate social media presences
Advanced: We have a professional-looking website that is regularly updated and a strong social media presence that enjoys good engagement
What type of resourcing would be most helpful for you around communications at this time?

Select all that apply.

District or conference help developing and hosting a web presence
Training in basic website design
Training in social media engagement
Training in using mass email platforms, texting services, and other communications tools
Funding to expand our digital presence
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What kinds of information would you like to see more of online and on the Means of Grace podcast?
Inspirational and spiritual content to encourage my faith
Resources and tools to improve my ministry
Examples of what other churches in our conference have done
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
Share a story, person, event, or church you think we should cover.
Generosity
What is your current online giving strategy?
No answer
We don't have an online giving option
We have an online giving option, but it is not widely used
We have an online giving option and it is used heavily
What trends have you seen in your church giving since the COVID-19 outbreak?
No answer
Giving has dropped dramatically
Giving has dropped moderately
Giving has dropped a little
Giving has held steady
Giving has increased
What generosity cultivation strategies have you used since the COVID-19 outbreak?

Select all that apply.

We have not changed our generosity communications
We have communicated directly with key givers
We have increased our digital communications around generosity
We have increased our print communications around generosity
We have focused on the impact of people's generosity
We have focused on the increased need of the church during this time
Leadership Development
Would you be interested in joining other leaders in a cohort for peer learning and support?

Select all affinity groups that interest you.

Geography/Culture (rural, urban, suburban)
Church size (based on membership)
Ministry area
Conference relationship (deacons, local pastors, elders, extension ministry, retired, etc.)
Specific needs or interests (online worship, racial justice, community needs, etc.)
Other (if selected please specify below)
Other
What type of resourcing would be most helpful for you around leadership development at this time?
What type of resourcing would be most helpful for you around leadership development in the next 3-6 months?
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