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New Report Explores How Nazarene Congregations and Clergy Have Been Impacted by COVID-19
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A new report from the Church of the Nazarene explores how congregations in their denomination were impacted by the pandemic in 2020.

Results are based on 2,191 clergy responses (representing a 10.1% response rate from the 21,716 churches surveyed) collected between early October and late November 2020.
Summary of Key Findings

  • Despite challenging conditions, the majority of Nazarene congregations worldwide are adjusting to the conditions presented by the pandemic.
  • The financial viability of many Nazarene congregations, particularly those with a smaller worship size, has been put at risk by the pandemic.
  • While the pandemic has not impeded the ability of most Nazarene clergy to continue in ministry, one in ten expressed that it is proving difficult.
  • Overall, Nazarene clergy feel optimistic about the future and are confident that their congregations will emerge stronger from the pandemic.
Financial Impact

  • A majority of pastors agreed (69.4%) that the pandemic has put the financial viability of their congregation at risk.
  • Variations by region and worship size were statistically significant, with the Mesoamerica Region most likely to agree (90.7%), while the USA/Canada region was the most likely to disagree (46.5%).
  • The smaller the worship size of the congregation, the more likely they were to agree that the pandemic has put their financial viability at risk.
Ministry Impact

  • When asked whether the ministries of their congregation face an uncertain future due to the pandemic, respondents were divided evenly between those who agreed (50.6%) and those who disagreed (49.4%).
  • A majority of pastors agreed (57.3%) that the ministries of their congregation continue without major disruption. However, less than 10% strongly agreed.
  • A large majority of pastors agreed (88.1%) that their congregation has identified and embraced new opportunities for ministry since the pandemic.
Clergy Impact

  • When asked if the pandemic is making it difficult for them to continue in ministry, a majority of pastors disagreed (69.5%). Only 4.1% strongly agreed with this statement.
  • A large majority of pastors agreed (84.5%) that the pandemic has given their ministry new significance.
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