It’s been a trouble-free launch for the new Eco Church survey that we unveiled recently. Our Church Relations Manager Helen Stephens – who monitors usage of the website – noted that churches are using the upgraded survey and award applications are being made on the back of it already.
LISTENING TO CHURCHES
‘We want to celebrate what churches can do,’ said Helen, ‘and we think the new survey goes much further to help them do just that.’ While the categories remain the same, the new survey takes account of such challenges as:
– churches which have listed building status, which limits them on what they can modify;
– different demographics, including churches which don’t have any children or young people in the congregation;
– a variety of church styles across different denominations.
The new survey went online at the start of this year. Engineered by web specialists Brace, the upgrade came after a long process of listening to churches’ comments, stories and suggestions since Eco Church launched in 2016.
‘We have two years of great feedback from churches that have been using the previous survey,’ said Helen. ‘We listened to what people have said. For instance, we recognise that churches don’t always have ownership of land. But we’re hearing seeing more stories of how churches are involved in helping to influence and improve the management of land local to them, in conjunction with their wider communities.
FRESH AND RELEVANT
‘It’s a subtle change. We’ve tried to make the survey more flexible to accommodate a broad church of users. We’ve tightened up the wording. It’s all part of keeping the process as fresh and relevant as possible.’
Churches who have already started the previous version of the survey can still follow that through until 31st July – or start using the new questions. Existing award holders can continue to celebrate their achievements.