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Coronavirus Church Survey

Coronavirus, Church & You

An appeal from the Mater Dei Centre to partake in this survey

This survey is assessing responses to the Covid-19 crisis among churchgoers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is part of a wider survey that is also being run in England, Scotland and Wales. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has obviously had a profound effect on churches. 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.

The questionnaire asks about your own experience and reaction to the outbreak, as well as your opinions about how the church locally and nationally has responded. The answers you give are anonymous and will be treated confidentially.

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?

This is an online survey, which we estimate it will take you about 20-30 minutes to complete. Most of the questions simply require you to tick boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to tell us your views in your own words. Alongside questions about the pandemic and ministry there are sections which ask about you: these are important because they will allow us to see how the lockdown is affecting different sorts of people in different contexts.

The survey can be completed on mobile phones, though it is more quickly completed on devices with larger screens such as tablets or computers.

A link to this significant online survey can be found here.