To build a picture of your locality


The Centre for Theology & Community has a list of sources of local information for churches, such as those mapping poverty or religious affiliation, with questions for churches to use:

Census summaries from, or the incredible

A free trial of Acorn ( will describe your neighbours down to where they’re likely to shop

If you’re brave enough to use a questionnaire to find out what people think of your church, sample questions might include:

  • How long have you lived in the area?
  • What local services do you use?
  • What do you think are some of the issues locally?
  • Have you ever connected with [name of church] 
in any way?
  • Have you visited the church hall or equivalent?
  • Did you know that the church offers [activity/event/course/service]?
  • Would you find it useful to be notified of future 
  • Would you like prayer?

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