United Methodist Communications Research Team launched a study on March 26 to assess the impact of the coronavirus on local church activity levels, including ways churches are adapting and identifying interest in resources and tools to support local church during the crisis.
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A Phase II study was conducted in late April to assess more comprehensively how the pandemic is affecting United Methodist congregations at this more advanced stage of the crisis. Results suggest a very adaptive United Methodist Church, capable of finding creative solutions of conducting ministry and supporting members. Generally, respondents have a very positive outlook, with some caution as they look forward to the next phase of the pandemic.
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In early June, United Methodist Communications fielded the third phase of this study, which continued to track attendance, online worship, and giving, and added a series of questions about reopening. Five key trends identified in earlier research continue in this phase.
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