2020 State of Society Survey
Please fill out the following information to supplement your State of Meeting/Worship Group report. These surveys will only be used for the purpose of generating accurate and comparative data for the NYYM State of Society Report. You may send up to 5 images of your meeting for inclusion in the NYYM State of Society report, by emailing
Name of Meeting/Worship Group
Name of person filling out form
Email address of person filling out form (we will only contact you if we have questions about your survey)
How many members does your meeting currently have?
On an average Sunday, how many people attend Meeting for Worship? (if you have multiple times for worship, please respond with the TOTAL amount of attenders)
Most people (more than half) who attend Meeting for Worship are members of the Meeting.
It varies so much, I can't accurately say
What statement is most true regarding membership between January 2020 and the present?
Nothing has changed. Our Meeting looks identical as it did last year in terms of members. No members gained or lost
We have only gained new members this year
We have gained more new members this year than we lost members this year
We have lost more members this year than we gained members this year
We have only lost members this year
Our membership numbers have not changed; We have gained the same amount of members as we have lost
Which of the following is true of your First Day School and programs for children?
Our programming for children and youth is pretty much the same as in past years.
We've given increased attention this year to programming for children and youth.
We've given decreased attention this year to programming for children and youth.
We have meeting-wide programs with content designed to welcome and include families and children.
In light of COVID, we offer First Day School virtually, on a regular basis.
In light of COVID, we offer First Day School virtually, on an occasional basis.
We have intergenerational worship on a scheduled, regular basis, with content or format designed to include young children and families.
We send materials to families to support worship and spiritual development at home.
Please check all age groups for which your meeting provides programming (virtual or in-person) & other activities:
0-4 years old
Middle School aged
High School aged
Young Adults (18-35ish)
Adults (36 +)
None of the Above
What statement best describes vocal ministry during Meeting for Worship? Please note that there is no value placed on any of the options; this serves to capture frequency of ministry and not quality of worship
Meeting for Worship is almost always completely silent
Ministry is rare during Meeting for Worship but there might be 1-2 messages every week
Ministry rises regularly during Meeting for Worship; many different people offer ministry from week to week
Ministry rises regularly during Meeting for Worship; mostly the same people offer ministry from week to week
It varies greatly from week to week
What are the biggest challenges that your meeting is currently facing? Check all that apply. Some of these things may be true but not particularly concerning. Please only check boxes that are BOTH challenging and concerning to your Meeting.
Finding people to serve on committees
Lack of vocal ministry
Quality of Vocal Ministry
Decreasing membership and/or attendance
Location of Meeting or Isolation of Meeting
Engaging children and youth
Engaging young adults
Aging members and attenders
Racism (structural and personal)
Meeting House Maintenance, Property Management, Physical Infrastructure
Attendance at Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
Too many things to do
Welcoming new attenders/members
First Day School
Adult religious education
Trust amongst members and attenders
Participation in meeting events/activities
Sense of community
Participation in NYYM Sessions
Participation in NYYM events/activities
Understanding of Quaker process
Differing spiritual views and conditions
Overburdening of small membership
Reopening closed meetinghouses
What statement is most true regarding activities (virtual or in-person) beyond Meeting for Worship?
We have numerous formal opportunities every week for members and attenders to engage in activities outside of Meeting for Worship
We have some formal opportunities every month for members and attenders to engage in activities outside of Meeting for Worship
There are many informal opportunities for members to engage in activities beyond Meeting for Worship
We rarely have opportunities to engage in either formal or informal activities together beyond Meeting for Worship
We never have opportunities to engage in either formal or informal activities together beyond Meeting for Worship
What types of activities do you regularly participate in as a meeting, recognizing that some of these activities may have changed from in-person to virtual? This goes beyond people participating individually and should reflect activities that are meeting-initiated.
Potlucks or meals together
Volunteering for social justice causes
Protests and Vigils
Have members of the meeting been involved in the NYYM mentorship pilot program (January-July 2020) or the 2020-2021 mentorship program, either as seekers or mentors?
What else would you like us to know?
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