from the May Newsletter
In each church’s Annual Report, Pastor Brian attached a questionnaire about what the priorities of the churches are, and should be. His thoughts are in his column.
A total of 16 responses were submitted. Written answers have been summarized, and grouped into similar concerns, with the number of similar responses noted in parenthesis. The results are below .
What makes you excited to be a member of this church? Fellowship & Friendship at Church (10), Attending Worship (3), Bible Study (3), Good Leaders
What do you feel this church excels at doing? Working with Youth (3), Welcoming others (2), Togetherness (2), Outreach (2), Good at Activities/Fundraisers (2), Mission work and Service (2), Stewardship, Traditions
What do you feel is the most important thing this church does? Spirit of Togetherness (3), Sharing God’s Word (2), Open and Welcoming (2), Taking care of members (2), Working with youth, Religious support, Worship
What do you feel is the most important thing the pastor does? Preach/Bring the Bible alive (4), Share God’s Word (4), Bring/Involve youth (3), Inspire/Lead (3), Contact with members (2), Spiritual Leader
What do you feel is the most important thing this church SHOULD do? Be Welcoming (4), Outreach into the community (3), Create a desire to worship (3), Be caring (2), Spread God’s love, Bible Study, Reach out to young people, Cooperate with others
Do we do it? Most responses on their priority gave were of the unsatisfactory/not enough nature to no.
What do you feel is the most important thing the pastor SHOULD do? Preach/ Bring the Bible alive (3), Visit people at home (3), Call people by name (2), Lead worship (2), Meet members needs, Community outreach, Teach, Lead
Does he do it? Most answers were positive, except for visiting people and calling them by name
What or who is missing in the work that this church does? Who or what have we forgotten or overlooked? Reaching out to inactives & those who have left church (4); Invite neighbors and new people (2), Youth and children (2), Older people/retirees, We worry too much about ourselves, Need to keep sign updated
The following are a list of duties pastors are to perform for their congregations. (Rank 1-7) Ranked by Ave.
1.53 Preach the Word
2.27 Conduct public worship, administer the sacraments
2.87 Provide pastoral care
3.60 Marry, visit the sick and distressed, bury the dead
4.07 Offer instruction and confirm
5.20 Speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.
5.87 Supervise all schools & organizations of the congregation
The following are a list of ministries, or activities, churches engage in. (Rank 1-3 or Not Important)
Ranked by votes #1 #2 #3 Not Imp
Worship 11 2 0 0
Visitations 2 8 1 1
Youth Education 8 1 1 0
Prayer 4 0 3 0
Outreach to the unchurched 2 2 3 1
Community Service 1 1 5 2
Adult Education 0 3 3 1
Helping the poor 1 3 1 2
Stewardship 2 1 1 0
Evangelism 1 1 2 1
Social Justice 0 3 1 6
Digital or Online Ministries 0 1 0 7
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