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MB Foundation Survey Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on MB Churches

MB Foundation has released the results of a survey of Mennonite Brethren churches on the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The survey measured the impact in the key areas of finance, staffing and worship services.

Key takeaways from the survey results are:

Finances

  • 65% reported having cash reserves of 3 months or more prior to the crisis. Only 12% had no reserves going into the pandemic.
  • Over half of churches surveyed (55%) reported no change or improved giving during the crisis. 45% indicate a decline in giving with 18% reporting a decline of over 20%.
  • 55% of US MB churches report offering online giving prior to the COVID-19 crisis. 76% will provide online giving options going forward.

Staffing

  • 90% of churches have made no changes to ministry or support staff compensation by furlough, layoff and/or reduced staff compensation.

Weekend Service Engagement

  • Prior to the crisis 42% of MB churches did not have online service options, today 88% are offering services online.
  • As of the survey date, 75% of US MB churches are starting to meet together for in person worship.

In response to the survey question about the greatest challenge facing church and staff, only 5 out of 66 related to finances. Other responders expressed concern over broader issues such as health, unity, restarting ministry, despair, and overcoming political and racial tensions.

The survey was sent to 216 churches on June 19, 2020. Sixty-seven responses were received prior to the closing of the survey on June 30, 2020. Of those responding, 15 have loans through MB Foundation.

A full report can be viewed here.

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