Ed Trenner of Grace Brethren International Missions, wants to be sure pastors of Grace Brethren churches are aware of a survey that has been sent to each congregation in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. “It’s an opportunity to stop and reflect what we are doing on mission,” he says. He believes the results will be enlightening and encouraging, as GBIM measures where Grace Brethren churches are ministering around the world.
Below is a portion of what has been sent to the churches. Only one individual from each congregation should respond. If you did not get the survey or have questions, please contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-402-7717.
TO OUR FAMILY OF CHURCHES,
You are being invited by Grace Brethren International Missions to participate in a survey of our Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Your participation is greatly appreciated. This survey will help identify what God is prompting in the churches regarding local and global mission.
We want the survey to reflect all your local and global mission involvement, including your church initiatives and your participation with all mission organizations, not just GBIM.
HOW WILL THE SURVEY INFORMATION BE USED?
The responses from all our churches will result in a celebration of God’s work among us as the combined survey data is published this fall. Your church will also want to celebrate what you have done and are doing in mission. Your information will help GBIM be a strong support to you in your mission initiatives and aid in future strategic planning.
IS THE INFORMATION SUBMITTED IN THE SURVEY SECURE?
All internet transmission of this survey data is protected by SSL encryption. Our survey service, SurveyMonkey, is a well-respected web-based tool that will not keep, access, or use your data for its purposes. All individual data will be seen only by GBIM personnel. Any data made public will be a compilation of all the survey responses. No individual church will be publicly identified.
WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THE SURVEY?
Select someone in your office who has access to much of the data and can call others for any missing information; or in some cases ask the pastor or a mission commission or team member.
WHEN DOES THE SURVEY NEED TO BE COMPLETED?
You have until August 18 to complete this on-line survey – that’s three weeks from today.
HOW LONG WILL THE SURVEY TAKE TO COMPLETE?
The survey will take you 10-15 minutes to complete. Availability of information will be the difference in the time required. There are 28 entry items; most are multiple choice.