Survey links are sent at the beginning of each week in the Essential Actions and Updates email from GNJ Leadership. The surveys will close each week on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. so that we can process the information. Please respond promptly so that your information can be included in decision-making.

Survey Results Updated July 30, 2020

378 churches out of 530 churches responded.

Worship

Is your worship attendance up or down from a year ago?

  • 38% increase in worship (56% on April 30)
  • 30% decrease in worship (18% on April 30)
  • 32% the same in worship (27% on April 30)

Reopening

Reopening Plans

  • 60% have an approved opening plan
  • 4% do not have an approved plan
  • 36% are working on a plan

In Person Worship

  • 22% are holding outdoor services
  • 30% have reopened church buildings for worship
  • 70% have not reopened
  • The average worship attendance for those who have reopened is 30
  • 85% of the churches who have reopened are continuing to stream their services.

Plans to Reopen

15% are planning for August
57% are planning for September
25% are planning to open sometime after September

Childcare Programs

92 churches have child care programs.
27 childcare programs have reopened

Of the 81 child care programs in our churches:

  • 48 are run by the church
  • 12 are run by an affiliate
  • 36 are run by organizations who rent space

Giving

Year to date giving in GNJ churches

  • 47% The same (39% on April 30)
  • 8% Up (11% on April 30)
  • 45% Down (50% on April 30)

Congregations who report their giving is down for the year, estimate the loss at $2,359,433.

Congregations are reporting $704,211 in lost revenue from facility rental.

241 congregations report receiving CARES Funding for a total of $6,467,680

40% congregations have submitted their loan forgiveness applications

Congregations concerned about paying clergy salaries and benefits:

  • 32% have concerns (40% on April 30)
  • 68% are not concerned (60% on April 30)

Congregations concerned about paying church bills:

  • 36% have concerns (50% on April 30)
  • 64% are not concerned (50% on April 30)

Congregations concerned about paying shared ministry and billables:

  • 45% have concerns (65% on April 30)
  • 55% are not concerned. (45% on April 30)

Health Concerns

  • 645 congregants confirmed with the Covid-19 since the pandemic began
  • 119 congregants have died from Covid-19 since the pandemic began