How does the church care for you?
With just a few minutes of your time, we can foster healthier relationships between those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness and the church. Thank you for linking arms with us to bring radical hope and compassionate change to one precious life at a time!
 
1.

How has chronic illness affected you? Multiple answers may be selected. Please choose the ones that most accurately reflect you.

I have chronic illness.
I am a caregiver to my spouse.
I am a caregiver to a loved one.
I am a parent with chronic illness.
I am the parent of a child with chronic illness.
I experience mental illness.
2.

How long have you been affected by chronic illness?

under 1 year
between 1 and 5 years
between 5 and 10 years
longer than 10 years
3.
Please rank where you find care and support for your chronic illness journey.

(1 = Most)
 
family
friends
church friends
church - care ministry
others affected by chronic illness
social media - e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
4.

Did you attend church regularly before you were affected by chronic illness?

Yes
No
5.
How often do you attend church?
almost every week
1 to 2 times a month
almost never
I'd like to attend, but accommodations would need to be made.
6.

How would you describe your church's initial response to chronic illness entering your life?

very supportive
supportive
simple acknowledgement
minimal support
none
7.

How would you rate the church's long-term response to you or your family's chronic illness?

very responsive somewhat responsive minimal response none        
       
8.

How would you describe your Christian friends' initial response to chronic illness entering your life?

very supportive
supportive
simple acknowledgement
minimal support
none
9.

How would you rate Christian friends' long-term response to you or your family's chronic illness?

very responsive somewhat responsive minimal response none        
       
10.

What does the church do that indicates that you and/or your family is cared for, loved, or remembered? Multiple answers may be selected.

prayer
creative options available for church attendance, e.g. live-streaming, special quiet rooms, etc.
small groups specifically for those with chronic illness
physical care, e.g. regular meals, help with home care, consistent visits
rides to appointments
small groups for caregivers
regular communications, e.g. phone calls, email, texts, hand-written notes
I don't seem to be missed, so nothing.
11.

If you are married, does your church offer care, groups, and/or support for marriage specific to chronic illness?

yes
no
I don't know.
12.

If you are a caregiver, does your church offer support?

yes
no
I don't know.
13.

Do you feel isolated, alone, or forgotten about?

almost always
often
sometimes
occasionally
never
14.

Do you currently serve in your church?

yes
no
15.

If so, has the church found creative ways or made adaptations to enable you to serve and be part of the body?

yes
no
16.

If not, would you like to find creative options for serving the Body of Christ?

yes
no
17.

What do think the church would be surprised to learn about those affected by chronic illness?

 

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18.
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Thank You
Thank you for participating in this survey! As you consider next steps, if you need hope, if you need to know that your story matters, that you are not alone and that someone cares, click here to visit our Gift of Hope page and to request your free copy of Discovering Hope: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness.
 
Survey adapted with permission from Shona Smith's pilot survey, February - April, 2019. Click here to read Shona's story.