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Published May 2022

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The Canadian church “is not fragile” says WayBase Executive Director, Tim Day.

WayBase has released “The Next Normal”, its 2022 National Church Survey Results, with better-than-expected findings. The research reveals a call to church and ministry leaders to leverage a pivotal Moment of uncertainty into one of possibility shares Day.

Based on the responses of over 2,000 Canadian Christian leaders from coast to coast, the survey provides insight into the current state of Canadian churches and ministries, how they have adapted to shifting challenges, and future implications. Despite the incredible difficulties of the last two years, the findings reveal unexpected stability, commitment to technological innovation, and an opportunity for future investment.

Some key findings reveal significant opportunities, for example:

* The ‘Great Resignation’ has not impacted the church. 90% of church and ministry leaders intend to stay in their current role for the foreseeable future.

While this commitment is commendable, the energy levels of most leaders are either moderate or low. This is a time for leaders to re-energize.

* Older leaders want to stay with their organizations. 79% of senior leaders over 60 years old are not planning to retire in the near future.

While this presents stability, older leaders must be mindful that this provides fewer opportunities for younger leaders ready for senior positions. This requires investment in the leadership pipeline.

* The number of churches providing online services has quadrupled since 2020. However, more than half of churches do not plan to have an online service going forward, primarily because they don’t feel they’ve found the right digital tools for engagement and evangelism. This presents an opportunity to build on the momentum of online services and explore new technology to engage people.

We are providing you access to this full report and in an upcoming edition of Christian Life in London, we hope to provide an interview with WayBase Executive Director, Tim Day


About WayBase

Bringing the Church together to make a greater impact for good.

In 2018, WayBase was launched with a vision to enable Christian ministries and individuals to work together more effectively to improve people’s lives, communities, and the world. It started in Canada, and one day WayBase say the will serve the whole world.

Their focus is to create an “impact network.” They do this by offering easy-to-use, data-powered digital tools, highlighting causes in local communities, supporting local events where leaders can collaborate together, measuring impact, and providing analytical insights.

The WayBase team is made up of leaders and industry professionals with diverse backgrounds and significant experience in the Church, technology, and data science.

From the WayBase platform and Engage app to City Think Tanks, WayBase is driven to equip organizations and individuals to work together more effectively for greater impact. The WayBase Team is here to increase your impact as everyone works together with God to serve the world.

Click HERE for more about WayBase