Joys and Sorrows Survey
My name is

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 93 

answered question  93 

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Check one of the following

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Percent
Response
Count
 I am a religious professional in paid service to my congregation 47.3%  44 
 I am member of my congregation serving as a volunteer 52.7%  49 

answered question  93 

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As a volunteer, my involvement in the congregation is primarily in the area of (disregard if you are staff)

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Percent
Response
Count
 Worship 31.5%  17 
 Pastoral Care 9.3%  5 
 Communications 3.7%  2 
 Board of Trustees 22.2%  12 
 Other (please specify) 33.3%  18 

answered question  54 

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My congregation's website address is

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Count
 88 

answered question  88 

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The number of adult members in my congregation is

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Percent
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 <50 6.5%  6 
 50 - 100 21.7%  20 
 100 - 150 20.7%  19 
 150 - 200 14.1%  13 
 200- 250 8.7%  8 
 250 - 350 7.6%  7 
 350 - 600 13.0%  12 
 600 - 1000 7.6%  7 

answered question  92 

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My congregation has experienced net numerical growth in adult members of more than 5% over the last five years?

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Percent
Response
Count
 Yes 60.9%  56 
 No 39.1%  36 

answered question  92 

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My congregation is served by:

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Percent
Response
Count
 Lay led ministry 2.2%  2 
 ¼ time professional ministry 0.0%  0 
 ½ time professional ministry 12.9%  12 
 ¾ time professional ministry 2.2%  2 
 Full time professional ministry 72.0%  67 
 Multiple ministers  10.8%  10 

answered question  93 

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The governance system in my congregation is best described by

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Percent
Response
Count
 Most Board officers are also committee/program representatives 15.4%  14 
 Board is comprised of executive officers and committee / program representatives 26.4%  24 
 Board and Program council are separated / interdependent 40.7%  37 
 Policy Governance 11.0%  10 
 Other (please specify) 6.6%  6 

answered question  91 

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My congregation has policies / restrictions regarding (check as many as apply)

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Percent
Response
Count
 Who can contribute to the newsletter 40.7%  24 
 Who can use electronic communication to church membership at large 91.5%  54 
 Who can send out mailings / advertisements to membership at large 81.4%  48 

answered question  59 

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My congregation has a behavior / relationship covenant in place

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Percent
Response
Count
 Yes 40.2%  35 
 No 59.8%  52 

answered question  87 

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My congregation has a way - other than joys and sorrows - to declare a pastoral need

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Percent
Response
Count
 Yes 81.3%  74 
 No 11.0%  10 
 If so, please describe 82.4%  75 

answered question  91 

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My congregation regularly includes intercessory prayer as part of joys and sorrows?

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Percent
Response
Count
 Yes 15.7%  14 
 No 84.3%  75 

answered question  89 

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My congregation has an active (check as many as apply)

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Percent
Response
Count
 Pastoral Care Team 76.8%  63 
 Small Group Ministry Program 52.4%  43 
 Weekly opportunities (other than Sunday) specifically and intentionally for fellowship and socializing 57.3%  47 
 Other (please specify) 30.5%  25 

answered question  82 

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In my congregation the average number of people who participate during joys and sorrows is

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Percent
Response
Count
 < 3 5.8%  5 
 4-5 29.1%  25 
 6-7 40.7%  35 
 8-9 14.0%  12 
 10-11 8.1%  7 
 > 12 2.3%  2 

answered question  86 

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How many minutes does the joys and sorrows portion of your service typically last?

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Percent
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Count
 < 3 3.5%  3 
 4  5.8%  5 
 5  24.1%  21 
 6  12.6%  11 
 7  11.5%  10 
 8  13.8%  12 
 9  4.6%  4 
 10  20.7%  18 
 11 0.0%  0 
 12 0.0%  0 
 13 1.2%  1 
 14 0.0%  0 
 15 1.2%  1 
 16 1.2%  1 
 17 0.0%  0 
 > 18 0.0%  0 

answered question  87 

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Please list main reasons why you believe your congregation has the numerical growth pattern it has (i.e., why you have experienced an increase in members, a decrease in members or no change)

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 85 

answered question  85 

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Describe the method of Joys and Sorrows your congregation uses:

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Percent
Response
Count
 Open Microphone – After some introduction “Now is the time we share the joys and sorrows” and people are invited to come to a microphone and share in their own words  66.7%  60 
 Silent Candles 33.3%  30 
 “Embracing Meditation” - A bell is sounded after which people are invited to call out the names of those who they want to bring into the sanctuary of care. 5.6%  5 
 Intercessory Sharing – joy or sorrow is written on something and the worship leader shares it with the community during worship 12.2%  11 
 Intercessory Prayer 7.8%  7 
 My congregation offers nothing that resembles joys and sorrows 1.1%  1 
 My congregation offers a variation of these (please describe below) 54.4%  49 

answered question  90 

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Choose 1- 5 on the following

Not at allNot muchSomeA significant amountA leading factorRating AverageResponse
Count
How much does your method of joys and sorrows contribute to the effectiveness of worship2.2% (2)10.1% (9)38.2% (34)46.1% (41)3.4% (3)3.38 89 
How much does your method of joys and sorrows contribute to the effectiveness of pastoral care1.1% (1)5.7% (5)43.7% (38)42.5% (37)6.9% (6)3.48 87 
How much does your method of joys and sorrows contribute toward a growth in relationships within the congregation2.3% (2)12.5% (11)40.9% (36)36.4% (32)8.0% (7)3.35 88 
How much does your method of joys and sorrows contribute toward a growth in size in your congregation.11.8% (10)35.3% (30)36.5% (31)16.5% (14)0.0% (0)2.58 85 

answered question  89 

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In my opinion, the length of time given to Joys and Sorrows in my congregation's weekly worship service is

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Not long enough 1.2%  1 
 Too long 25.3%  22 
 Just right 73.6%  64 

answered question  87 

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What, if any, response have you received about your method of joys and sorrows from

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Percent
Response
Count
 Members 100.0%  67 
 Visitors 74.6%  50 

answered question  67 

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Have you made any changes in joys and concerns in the last three years?

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Percent
Response
Count
 Yes, we've made important changes. 60.9%  53 
 No, no changes of note. 39.1%  34 

answered question  87 

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If Yes to the question above--please describe the change(s), and why you made it(them).

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 58 

answered question  58 

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Joys and sorrows in the worship service are connected to the pastoral care efforts outside the worship service by

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 having the joys and sorrows recorded and shared with the rest of the congregation in some electronic or printed form. 24.1%  21 
 having a staff member or committee member follow up, 48.3%  42 
 No, there is no link between joys and sorrows in worship and pastoral efforts outside of worship.  14.9%  13 
 Other (please specify) 40.2%  35 

answered question  87 

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What are the ritual words your congregation uses ?

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Percent
Response
Count
 to introduce joys and sorrows? 98.7%  74 
 to close joys and sorrows? 97.3%  73 

answered question  75 

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What ritual or symbolism accompanies joys and sorrows? (check all that may apply)

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Percent
Response
Count
 Candles in sand 50.6%  40 
 Pebbles in water 2.5%  2 
 Flowers in vase 1.3%  1 
 Other ritual (please specify) 59.5%  47 

answered question  79 

skipped question  0 
What else do you think is important to say about how you feel joys and sorrows meets - or doesn't meet - the needs of your congregation?

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 76 

answered question  76 

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