Saturday, July 15, 2006

Pew Report - Snapshot of Grace

Surveys can be overated. However, if done properly can be a great snapshot of a church - just like this one of Grace Church (Lititz, PA). As long as surveys have a purpose and measure what needs to be measured while measuring it correctly...then by all means take a survey. When we looked at the survey data from the survey as a are some of the infferences we generated.

  1. Personal invitation is still the biggest reason people attend Grace for the first time.
  2. The location of our crowd is being drawn mostly from our immediate areas (within 10 miles).
  3. We have "two" churches under one roof. One group of people who have started coming in the last 2 years, and another group of people who have been coming 10 years or more.
  4. If trends continue and no changes are made, while there are the fewest people in the 60's and 70's age group could be our largest age group in the next 20 years.
  5. We are currently attracting a younger comparing the age makeup of those who have started coming in the last 2 years with those who have been coming 10 years or more.
  6. We have more visitors attending than "visitor cards" that are turned in on weekends.
  7. The most popular radio stations are adult contemporary music (7.0%) and country music (6.8%), but only after taking out the 50% who listen to Christian radio stations. Scott Distler, eat your heart out.
  8. A comparitive study might be interesting by taking another identical survey in 2-3 years - comparing the results with this one.

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