Church Life Survey NZ

Questionnaire

A: About You

A1: In what year were you born?

A2: Are you Female or Male?
a. Female
b. Male

A3: What ethnic group do you belong to?
a. European/Pakeha/New Zealander
b. Māori
c. Samoan
d. Cook Island
e. Tongan
f. Niuean
g. Other Pacific
h. Chinese
i. Indian
j. Korean
k. Filipino
l. Other Asian
m. African
n. Middle Eastern
o. Latin American
p. Other

A4: Which country were you born in?
a. New Zealand
b. Australia
c. China (PRC)
d. Cook Islands
e. Fiji
f. India
g. Korea
h. Philippines
i. Samoa
j. South Africa
k. Tonga
l. United Kingdom
m. United States
n. Other

A5: How often do you go to church services at this church or somewhere else?
a. This is my first time
b. Never or hardly ever or on special occasions only
c. Less than once a month
d. Once a month
e. Two or three times a month
f. Usually every week
g. More than once a week

A6: How long have you been coming to worship services or activities at this church?
a. I am visiting from another church
b. I am visiting and do not regularly go anywhere else
c. Less than 1 year
d. 1-2 years
e. 3-5 years
f. 6-10 years
g. 11-20 years
h. More than 20 years

A7: Before you started coming here, what term best described your religious belief?
a. Christian
b. No religious belief but raised in a Christian home
c. No religious belief and not raised in a Christian home
d. Muslim
e. Hindu
f. Jewish
g. Buddhist
h. Spiritualism or New Age Religion
i. Other

A8: Before you started coming here, what type of congregation/parish did you attend?
a. I did not attend another church or parish before coming here
b. I attended a religious gathering that was not a Christian group
c. Anglican
d. Apostolic/Acts/Equippers
e. Assemblies of God
f. Baptist
g. Brethren
h. Catholic
i. Christian City Church (C3)
j. Christian Life Centre (Life)
k. Churches of Christ
l. Congregational
m. Elim
n. Latter Day Saints (Morman)
o. Maori Christian
p. Methodist
q. Methodist (Wesleyan)
r. New Life Centres
s. Orthodox
t. Presbyterian
u. Salvation Army
v. Seventh Day Adventist
w. Union or Cooperating Parish
x. Ethnic church, eg Korean, Chinese, etc
y. Other Pentecostal
z. Other

A9: What is the highest educational qualification you have completed?
a. Primary school
b. Some secondary school
c. School certificate / NCEA 1
d. Sixth form certificate / University Entrance / Bursary / Scholarship / NCEA 2/3
e. NZQA recognised trade certificate or equivalent training
f. NZQA recognised tertiary diploma or equivalent
g. Bachelors degree from a university or equivalent institution
h. Post graduate degree or diploma

A10: What term best describes your current marital status?
a. Never married
b. In first marriage
c. Remarried after divorce
d. Remarried after death of spouse
e. In a defacto relationship or civil union
f. Separated but not divorced
g. Divorced and not remarried
h. Widowed

A11: Does your spouse attend this church?
a. Yes
b. No
c. Not applicable

A12: What is your current employment status?
a. Employed for 30 hours or more per week
b. Employed between 1 and 30 hours per week
c. Unemployed
d. Student
e. Full-time home duties / family responsibilities
f. Self-employed
g. Retired
h. Other

B: You and Your Church

B12: How satisfied are you with what is offered here for adults aged 19-25 years?
a. Very satisfied
b. Satisfied
c. Dissatisfied
d. Very dissatisfied
e. Unsure / not applicable

B13: How many of your children ... ?
a. ...attend this church/congregation (ages up to 12)
b. ...attend this church/congregation (ages 12 to 18)
c. ...attend another church/congregation (ages up to 12)
d. ...attend another church/congregation (ages 12 to 18)
e. ...do not attend another church/congregation (ages up to 12)
f. ...do not attend another church/congregation (ages 12 to 18)
g. I am unsure/don't know if they attend church (ages up to 12)
h. I am unsure/don't know if they attend church (ages 12 to 18)

B14: Do any of your children attend a church/Christian school?
a. Yes
b. No
c. Not applicable

B: About Your Church Connection

B1: What is the STARTING TIME of the church services that you regularly attend here?
a. Sunday
b. Monday
c. Tuesday
d. Wednesday
e. Thursday
f. Friday
g. Saturday
h. Sunday
i. Monday
j. Tuesday
k. Wednesday
l. Thursday
m. Friday
n. Saturday

B2: Which of the following aspects of this church/parish do you most value?
a. Wider community care or social justice emphasis
b. Reaching those who do not attend church
c. The worship, music and singing
d. Sharing in Holy Communion / the Eucharist / Lord's Supper
e. Social activities or meeting people
f. Sermons, preaching or Bible teaching
g. Bible study, discussion or prayer groups
h. Ministry for children or youth
i. Prayer ministry for one another
j. Practical care for one another in times of need
k. Openness to social diversity
l. Presence of a church school or pre-school

B3: While you may value many different styles of music, which of the following do you feel would be most helpful to you in congregational worship?
a. Traditional hymns
b. Sung responsorial psalms
c. Contemporary hymns
d. Contemporary songs
e. Christian rock
f. Music or songs from a variety of cultures
g. Contemplative chants (eg Taize, Iona)
h. Gospel music
i. Classical music or chorales
j. No music or songs
k. Don't know

B4: Do you have a strong sense of belonging to this congregation/parish?
a. Yes, a strong sense of belonging, which is growing
b. Yes, a strong sense - about the same as last year
c. Yes, although perhaps not as strongly as in the past
d. No, but a growing sense of belonging
e. No, I don't have a sense of belonging
f. Not applicable or don't know

B5: Do you agree or disagree: 'This church/parish is resourcing my spiritual journey well'?
a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Neutral or unsure
d. Disagree
e. Strongly disagree

B6: How often do you feel encouraged after a worship service?
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

B7: How often do our church services contain an effective mix of music, prayer, participation, etc?
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

B8: How often is the preaching/teaching helpful for everyday life?
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

B9: How often is the presence of God evident in our church services?
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

B10: How satisfied are you with what is offered here for children under 12 years?
a. Very satisfied
b. Satisfied
c. Dissatisfied
d. Very dissatisfied
e. Unsure / not applicable

B11: How satisfied are you with what is offered here for youth aged 12-18 years?
a. Very satisfied
b. Satisfied
c. Dissatisfied
d. Very dissatisfied
e. Unsure / not applicable

C: You and Your Faith

C1: Over the last year, do you believe you have grown in your Christian faith?
a. No real growth
b. Some growth
c. Much growth, mainly through this congregation/parish
d. Much growth, mainly through other groups or congregations/parishes
e. Much growth, mainly through my own private activity

C2: How often do you spend time in private devotional activities (eg prayer, meditation, reading the Bible alone)?
a. Every day or most days
b. A few times a week
c. Once a week
d. Occasionally
e. Hardly ever
f. Never

C3: How often do you read the Bible on your own?
a. Every day or most days
b. A few times a week
c. Once a week
d. Occasionally
e. Hardly ever
f. Never

C4: Which statement comes closest to your view of the Bible?
a. The Bible is the word of God, to be taken literally word by word
b. The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical and cultural context
c. The Bible is the word of God, to be interpreted in the light of its historical context and the church's teaching
d. The Bible is not the word of God, but contains God's word to us
e. The Bible is not the word of God, but is a valuable book
f. The Bible is an ancient book with little value today
g. Don't know

C5: Do you identify with any of the following approaches to matters of faith?
a. Catholic or Anglo-Catholic
b. Evangelical
c. Reformed
d. Charismatic
e. Pentecostal
f. Fundamental
g. Traditional
h. Moderate
i. Liberal
j. New Age
k. Progressive
l. I do not identify with such descriptions

C6: I am aware of the presence of God while in my work place
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

C7: I am aware of the presence of God while in my community (eg sports, clubs, shops, school)
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

C8: I am aware of the presence of God while enjoying nature (eg parks, sunsets, animals, plants)
a. Nearly always
b. Usually
c. Sometimes
d. Occasionally
e. Almost never

D: You and Your Community

D1: Are you involved in any community service, social action or welfare groups NOT CONNECTED to this congregation/parish?
a. Yes, community service, care or welfare groups
b. Yes, social action, justice or lobby groups (eg environmental, human rights or local issues)
c. Both of the above types of groups
d. No, I'm not involved with such groups

D2: Do you agree that environmental issues are important for Christians?
a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Neutral or unsure
d. Disagree
e. Strongly disagree

D3: Which of the following best describes your readiness to talk to others about your faith?
a. I feel at ease talking about my faith and look for opportunities to do so
b. I mostly feel at ease talking about my faith and do if it comes up
c. I find it hard to talk about my faith in ordinary language
d. I do not like to talk about my faith; my life and actions are sufficient
e. I do not have faith, so the question is not applicable

D4: Would you be prepared to invite to a church service here any of your friends and relatives who do not currently attend church?
a. Yes, and I have done so in the past 12 months
b. Yes, but I have not done so in the past 12 months
c. Don't know
d. No, probably not
e. No, definitely not

D5: Do you regularly take part in any activities of this church that reach out to the wider community (eg visitation, outreach, community service, social justice, welfare)?
a. Yes, in evangelistic or outreach activities
b. Yes, in community service, social justice or welfare activities of this congregation
c. Yes, in both of the above types of activities
d. No, we don't have such activities
e. No, I am not regularly involved

E: You and Your Involvement Here

E1: Are you regularly involved in any group activities here?
a. Yes, in small prayer, discussion or Bible study groups
b. Yes, in fellowship, clubs, social or other groups
c. Yes, in youth or young adult groups
d. No, we have no such groups
e. No, I am not regularly involved

E2: Do you currently perform any of these leadership or ministry roles here?
a. Teaching or preaching at church services
b. Music ministry (eg choir, organist, band)
c. Lead, plan or assist in church services (eg worship leader, liturgical assistant)
d. Oversight of the church (eg elder, parish council, wardens)
e. Member of a committee or task force
f. Pastoral care role (eg visitation of the sick, the elderly)
g. Small group leadership among adults (eg Bible study groups, prayer groups)
h. Adult social group leadership
i. Children's ministry role (under 12s)
j. Youth ministry role / youth group leadership
k. Religious education teacher / scripture teacher in schools
l. Preparing adults for membership, marriage or sacraments
m. Another role not mentioned above
n. No such leadership or ministry role

E3: How much do you think you participate in the activities of the church/parish, compared to two years ago?
a. Participate more
b. About the same participation
c. Participate less
d. Not applicable (been coming less than 2 years)

E4: Have this congregation's leaders encouraged you to find and use your gifts and skills here?
a. Yes, to a great extent
b. Yes, to some extent
c. Yes, to a small extent
d. Not at all

E5: About how much do you give financially to this congregation?
a. I give 10% or more of my income regularly
b. I give about 5% to 9% of my income regularly
c. I give less than 5% of my income regularly
d. I give a small amount whenever I am able
e. I do not contribute financially here

F: Leadership and Direction

F1: Does this congregation/parish have a clear vision, goals or direction for its ministry and mission?
a. Yes, and I am strongly committed to them
b. Yes, and I am partly committed to them
c. Yes, but I am not committed to them
d. There are ideas but no clear vision, goals or direction
e. I am not aware of such vision/goals or direction
f. We need to go back to the way we did things in the past

F2: Of the following, which one best describes your opinion of the future direction of this congregation/parish?
a. We are currently moving in new directions
b. We are currently deciding on new directions
c. We are faithfully maintaining past directions
d. We need to rethink where we are heading
e. Our future direction is unclear to me

F3: Which one of the following is the best description of the style of leadership of your minister, pastor or priest?
a. Leader that tends to take charge
b. Leader that inspires people to take action
c. Leadership that acts on goals that the people here have been involved in setting
d. Leadership where the people start most things
e. There is currently no leader here

F4: In your opinion, how effective is your church at telling others the Good News of Christ?
a. Very effective
b. Somewhat effective
c. ineffective
d. Should not be a priority

F5: In your opinion, how effective is your church at teaching, baptising, and nurturing new members?
a. Very effective
b. Somewhat effective
c. ineffective
d. Should not be a priority

F6: In your opinion, how effective is your church at responding to human need by loving service?
a. Very effective
b. Somewhat effective
c. ineffective
d. Should not be a priority

F7: In your opinion, how effective is your church at confronting injustices in society?
a. Very effective
b. Somewhat effective
c. ineffective
d. Should not be a priority

F8: In your opinion, how effective is your church at actively caring for the environment?
a. Very effective
b. Somewhat effective
c. ineffective
d. Should not be a priority

F9: How important is it to you that this congregation is part of this denomination(s)?
a. Very important
b. Somewhat important
c. Neither here nor there
d. Not important
e. I would rather we were not part of any denomination

F10: What do you think this congregation will look like in 10 years time?
a. Bigger
b. About the same size
c. Smaller
d. Merged with another congregation or parish
e. Closed down
f. More ethnically diverse
g. About the same mix of ethnicities
h. Less ethnically diverse
i. Mainly older people
j. A mix of all ages
k. Mainly young people

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