Last week, I ask readers of Catholic Web Solutions to answer a four-question survey. The first three questions identified their areas of involvement in online ministry. Forty-six readers answered the survey which is a more than 10% of my readership. It is also the same number of respondents to a similar survey done October 27, 2014. Therefore, I have some comparisons. While the number of respondents does not make a statistically valid survey (I can’t generalize to a larger population), I think the results are interesting.
The first question was: Describe your online ministry. Do you… (Check all that apply.) This is the same question asked in 2014. Here is a chart comparing the responses. (Click on graphs below to see them larger.)
The biggest change it seems is that fewer of the 2016 respondents are contributing/managing social media for a parish.
The second question was: Please check the platforms to which you have provided ministry content or have posted to in the past 6 Months (2014) 12 months (2016) (Check all that apply.) There was very little difference in the responses from the two years. Here are the responses:
The third question was new in 2016: How Active is Your Online Ministry? The answers were based on average hours per week.
Thirteen or 28% of the respondents reported spending an average of 7 or more hours per week on online ministry; 16 or 36% spend an average of 3-6 hours per week; and 14 or 30% spend 1-3 hours. Only 1 respondent indicated spending no time on online ministry and 2 respondents reported spending less than 1 hour per week.
Although I do not have data to support my opinion, I suspect that people who are serious about using their websites and social media for mission are spending more time on them each week as compared with two years ago.
What is your experience? Is the time you spend on Internet ministry worth it? Do you want/need to spend more time or are you looking to hire someone who can dedicate more time to it? Tell us what you think.
Next week I will comment on the answers to the fourth question: What would you like learn more about in regard to your online ministry in 2016? (Your response will be helpful in selecting topics for Catholic Web Solutions blog posts in 2016.) I received some very good input there.
Thank you to all who took the time to respond to the survey.