One of the things we’ve been thinking about here at Revive HQ is how we want Revive to look into the future. This is why a few months ago we sent out a readership survey to get your feedback. We had a great response to the survey, with 105 people responding in total.
The most valued sections in Revive, according to the survey results, were the Faith in Action section followed by the feature articles and profile stories. The least valued was advertising. Following this was the First Third section – which, for a church so committed to engaging young people, really surprised me.
While we haven’t yet made any official changes to the structure of Revive, we have started offering a resourcing style article in the First Third section, to help our older readers get a bit more of a grip on what First Third ministry is all about. In this edition we look at why kids are not the future of the church. To read the article click here.
We also received lots of comments through the survey on what readers would like to see more of in Revive. Some of the popular comments were: more congregation stories, more stories from our leaders, more biblical content, more theological depth, more grass roots stories and more rural news. Quite a few comments suggested we need more letters, which we want more of too. Of course we can’t print them if we don’t receive them, so feel free to send in your thoughts. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them hardcopy to Revive GPO Box M952 Perth WA 6843.
Over the next few months, we’ll be looking back to all the comments suggested in the survey and seeing how we can best move forward ‘on the road ahead’. To me, Revive is like an outreach of the Uniting Church to the wider West Australian community. While Revive is available in congregations all over the state, it’s also available at every Good Sammy Store, Uniting Church school and agency. The potential readership of Revive is much more than congregation members; Revive is one of the outlets that puts the Uniting Church on public display in the community.
While putting an edition of Revive together, we try to keep in mind how to engage the wider community and our Uniting Church community at the same time. Your responses from the survey will help us to do just that, so thank you for taking the time to fill it in.