How is your church different now than in 2019?
This was the question I asked in my blog on January 11. It linked to a survey that many of you responded to.
As I reviewed and organized what I learned from this survey, I came up with "Seven ways life happened to church in the past three years."
So far, I've written blogs on three of these. This is the fourth. The insight is that as a result of the pandemic, we now have a more Cautious Congregation.
Church staff are seeing this in the form of less responsiveness to connection cards; more quickly to say no when asked to volunteer; less engaging in community; and, for many people, a slow return to church life.
These insights come from personal conversations as well as survey responses like these: