The Communications Team (Jillian Ehrenberg, Reverend Joe, Richard Wilkinson, Mike Egerman, Janice Wold, and Dan Forbush) has been exploring ways to improve the way we communicate as a congregation, closely examining the entire array of our interactions and “rewiring” so as to become better informed as a group. Seventy-one members participated in our recent survey, a great response we very much appreciate.
Here’s a summary of what we heard:
- Slightly more than half the congregation feels very well informed and slightly less than half say they feel somewhat well informed. No one said they feel poorly informed.
- Nine out of ten said they want to read weekly announcements in their email, while another third said they want to read them on our web site.
- Nearly half said they always read our weekly announcements and another third say they usually read it. Ten percent said they sometimes print it.
- More than half said they consider photos in the weekly newsletter to be a low priority while 40 percent said it should be a medium priority.
- Just over half said they’re OK with the amount of time we devote to reading announcements at Sunday services, while 30 percent said they’d like to hear fewer announcements.
- Ninety-one percent said they use a smartphone, but only one in five said they want to read weekly announcements on an app.
- Sixty percent said they use Facebook.
Here’s what members most want to read about, ranked in order of importance: events, Board actions, a preview of the next Sunday’s worship service, general announcements, minister’s reports, news about members, descriptions of Sunday services two and three weeks out, care-team bulletins, committee and team reports, event recaps, and UUA headlines.