How does your church care for those affected by chronic illness?
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.

What percentage of adults do you think have at least one chronic illness?

10%
25%
40%
50%
More than 50%
In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control -  CDC  - cites 6 in 10 adults have a chronic disease and 4 in 10 have two or more.
  
Chronic Illness Facts
 
2.

What percentage of adults do you think lives with mental illness? 

10%
20%
30%
40%
More than 40%
In 2017, the National Institute of Mental Health- NIMH - cites 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness - almost 47 million adults.


 
3.
Please rank where you think most people affected by chronic illness find support.

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

Does your church offer care, groups, and/or support for marriage specific to chronic illness?

yes
no
I don't know.
5.

Do you think those affected by chronic illness feel isolated, alone, or forgotten about?

almost always
often
sometimes
occasionally
never
6.
Do you know of people connected with your church who are impacted by long-term chronic illness?

yes
no
I don't know.
7.

Initially how responsive is your church in providing care for those affected by chronic illness?

very supportive
supportive
simple acknowledgement
minimal support
none
8.

How would you rate the long-term response of your church to families impacted by chronic illness? 

very responsive somewhat responsive minimal response none        
       
9.

What does your church do that indicates to individuals and/or families affected by chronic illness that they are cared for, loved, or remembered? Multiple answers may be selected.

prayer
creative options available for church attendance, e.g. live-streaming, special quiet rooms
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 specifically for caregivers
regular notes, e.g. email, texts, hand-written notes
marriage support
10.

Does you church offer creative options or make adaptations to enable service opportunities for individuals with chronic illness to be part of the body? e.g. prayer ministry, notes of encouragement, one-on-one mentoring 

yes
no
I don't know.
11.

If so, does your church communicate these options effectively?

yes
no
I don't know.
12.

Does your church provide adaptations to enable church attendance for those who may, long-term, be unable to sit through a traditional service? e.g. quiet rooms, video-streaming, virtual attendance

yes
no
I don't know.
13.

If not, would you like to find creative options?

yes
no
14.
Would your church consider offering small groups specifically for those affected by chronic illness?
yes
no
15.
If so, would it be helpful to have tools, resources, and/or a ready-made program?

yes
no
16.
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Thank You

Thank you for participating in this survey! As you consider next steps, please click here for tools and resources to begin a conversation with your church and/or start your own small group.
 
Survey adapted with permission from Shona Smith's pilot survey, February - April, 2019. Click here to read Shona's story.