Friday, May 15, 2009
So it's Friday afternoon and I'm sitting here (mildly sleep deprived) and thinking about the disappointment in "The Church" that I mentioned in my last post. I have read different surveys that various organizations have done about church life and thought that I would do a mini survey of my own.
I know that readers to Out of My Hat are quite varied in background and culture. I know that you range from atheists to professional clergy. I know that this is in no way a scientific gathering of data. And I know that I'll be lucky to get even a few responses.
The thing is this...I'm really interested to know why people go or don't go to church. I want to know what people expect of a church in the way of worship, ministry, service, community involvement, etc. I want to know what it is that attracts you to a church and what it is that makes you want to stay away from church.
So here is what I'm asking of you. Please look over the questions and give me your honest answers. If you don't mind if they're published, you can just respond in the comments section. If you would rather not have them published, you can email them to me. Or if you want to remain completely anonymous, just respond in the comments and say that you don't want your answers published.
Are you now a regular church attender or member of a local church?
If yes, what kind (denomination) church do you attend?
Have you ever been a regular attender at a church?
Again, if yes, what kind?
Please tell me the number one reason that you have for attending or not attending church.
Have you ever felt hurt or rejected by a church or some of its members to the point of completely turning you away from God or the idea of organized religion?
If yes, please summarized your experience.
Do you believe that there is any value to being a member of a local church?
If you could design your own church, what would it look like? Tell me about the music, worship, ministry, sermons, demographics...anything you can think of. It's your church.
Please tell me a little about yourself...married, single, divorced, kids, age, profession, etc.
Please invite your friends to drop by and answer these few questions. I don't know that I'll ever use the answers for anything more than satisfying some personal curiousity, but hopefully it will help me to grow as a witness and defender of my own beliefs.
(Please note that I'm interested in organized religion. I did mention God in one question, but it was in conjuction with organized religion. I would lke everybody to feel that they can participate in this survey.)
Thanks for your time.