Friday, January 11, 2008

Take the Survey

Grace Church is privileged to be one of just 500 churches selected to participate in the REVEAL Spiritual Growth Survey. The objective of REVEAL is to develop an in-depth understanding of how people progress in their spiritual journey and how the church can more effectively help them grow in their relationship with Christ. The findings from this research will help us understand the spiritual health of our congregation as a whole, as well as how our church is helping its people grow spiritually. We will gain insight on the practices and activities that are most catalytic for spiritual growth in our congregation. We will also learn our church’s best opportunities for greater impact through the post-survey statistical analysis that includes comparison to a wide range of other surveyed churches.

REVEAL will be surveying 500 congregations from a diverse sample of churches across the United States as well as international churches from a handful of English-speaking countries. This research will create a benchmark of the stages of a person’s spiritual journey and will also provide a way to gauge the most effective strategies for helping people grow spiritually.

The launch date for Grace Church’s participation in this survey begins this coming Monday, January 14, 2008. I will be sending an e-mail to everyone who is on my Pastor’s E-mail Update mailing list with the link to this survey. This survey link will remain open through February 4. This survey is done confidentially and will only take approximately 20-25 minutes for you to complete. It does need to be completed in one sitting.

When our survey timeframe concludes, our congregation’s responses will be collected anonymously by an independent research organization. After tabulating our results and compiling our church’s report, REVEAL will share their findings with us. This is a wonderful opportunity for our church. The findings will have the potential to surprise us and transform us in more effectively fulfilling our purpose of meeting people where they are and moving them to where God wants them to be.

Please note that for this survey to be effective it is important that it is taken by as many attendees of Grace Church as possible. However, it should only be taken by those who currently attend Grace Church of Lititz, PA on a regular basis. There are many who have signed up for my Pastor’s E-mail Update which do not currently attend Grace Church on a regular basis. If you do not attend Grace Church regularly on Sunday mornings, then I would kindly ask you not to take the survey. We also ask that only those who are 18 years of age or older participate in the survey.

So if you are a regular attendee of Grace Church that is age 18 or older, be sure to look for my Pastor’s E-mail Update on Monday and follow the link to the survey website and spend 20-25 minutes taking this Spiritual Growth Survey.

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