As of today (o2/25/14) we have had a combined total (church leaders & church members) of 80 responses. Responses from church leaders (pastors, deacons, elders, ministry staff, etc.) account for 31 of the responses. Whether church leader or member, I am fairly certain many are just not aware of the survey. For those who are or were aware of it, I have little doubt that many had good intentions but just never got around to it or simply forgot about it–I know I’ve done that. :-/
So, if you have not yet completed the survey, please take a few minutes to do it now! And if you have, please help us obtain some additional responses by inviting people you know–from communities served by the Holland Deacons’ Conference of Classis Holland to complete it¹. How? Just send them one of the following links: 1.) for regular members/attenders of churches (not just CRC): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HDCChurchMembers; and 2.) for deacons, elders, pastors and other ministry staff: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HollandDeaconsConference.
Below is an updated version of our original invitation for you to pass along and share with others:
The Holland Deacons’ Conference (HDC) wants to hear from you! We want to know what you know and think about the work of HDC. We also want and need your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions regarding what you think we should consider doing or doing more of as a deacons’ conference as we work with the deacons of the nearly 40 Christian Reformed congregations in several communities along the Lakeshore and extending as far south as South Bend, Indiana (Fennville, Hamilton, Holland, Noordeloos, Saugatuck, South Haven, St. Joseph, West Olive, and South Bend, IN). To that end we have developed–with donated services and assistance from Gartner Marketing–an online survey. It is a brief 10 question survey that can easily be completed in just a few minutes.
If you attend or are a member of a local congregation–it does not have to be CRC–in a community served by HDC and are not in a church leadership position (e.g., pastor, deacon, elder, etc.) please click on the following link to access and complete our survey: Church Member Survey
If you are in a leadership position (clergy or laity) with a local congregation, please click on the following link to our Church Leaders survey.
Thank you for helping HDC as we seek to improve our services and discern God’s leading.
Jack Kooyman, HDC Executive Director
¹If you would like some assistance with how to share this information, please contact me at the HDC office in Holland at 616.494.6050.