Thursday, April 24, 2014

Survey Results

Almost a year ago, I requested help from pastors in the form of completing a survey for my final Doctor of Ministry requirements. That survey was closed in September and the results have been compiled and compared, analyzed and assembled into something resembling a conclusion.

I learned much in this survey, much of which surrounds the idea that writing survey questions that tell you what you want to know is very hard. And sorting data is is not for us inexperienced people. In the future, I intend to stick to counting noses and nickels and leave this kind of stuff to people like Ed Stetzer and George Barna. Of course, neither of them were willing to do this survey for a price which I could afford, so I did it myself.

As promised, for those interested, you can read the narrative of the results here and see the raw data here. I will probably some reflections on it here.

For those of you who took the time to take the survey, my sincere thanks.


dad said...

I was surprised how many did not preach from many of the OT books especially considering 1 Corinthians 10 and the admonitions in that chapter.

Watchman said...

In my experience most who are preaching a series do so sequentially rather than consecutively. They may have one series going on Sunday mornings and another on Sunday nights and perhaps a third for Wednesday nights.

A little while back I worked on a project for a pastor who decided that instead of doing that, he would preach straight through. Each service of the week was part of the same series. He was extremely pleased with the results and response, and has continued that practice.

It might be worth consideration...

Larry said...

That's an interesting idea, though I have never heard it called consecutive vs sequential. At first glance, it seems that people would get a very limited exposure to Scripture. Furthermore, if people are only able to attend one service, they end up missing stuff. I believe people are better served by being exposed to more Scripture rather than to less.