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Princess fairytales:
expand girls’ imaginations as they roleplay a world where anything is possible.
Percentage of votes - 34%
are a helpful tool to explain how girls are daughters of the King.
Percentage of votes - 8%
encourage girls to be passive objects waiting for a prince.
Percentage of votes - 30%
show girls they are priceless and worth fighting for.
Percentage of votes - 12%
teach unbiblical values.
Percentage of votes - 17%


Re pastoral sabbaticals:
Every pastor should have the opportunity to go on a sabbatical at regular intervals.
Percentage of votes - 84%
Sabbaticals are necessary only when a pastor is burnt out.
Percentage of votes - 0%
Sabbaticals are too expensive and put too much stress on congregations.
Percentage of votes - 0%
Most professionals don’t receive sabbaticals; why should pastors?
Percentage of votes - 15%
I’ve never heard of a sabbatical for a pastor.
Percentage of votes - 1%


Should we continue to spend our resources on camps?
Absolutely! It’s a great place to share the gospel.
Percentage of votes - 61%
More than ever, children and youth need to unplug and spend time in God’s creation.
Percentage of votes - 35%
Maybe, but there are lots of other activities children can do in the summer.
Percentage of votes - 0%
No. With so much happening in the city, who needs camp?
Percentage of votes - 2%
None of the above.
Percentage of votes - 2%


If my church had a regular after-service prayer response team (see “Come and pray” ), I would
regularly ask for prayer
Percentage of votes - 5%
be too scared/embarrassed to go up to the front
Percentage of votes - 27%
volunteer on the prayer team
Percentage of votes - 36%
maybe go up if I'd had a really tough week
Percentage of votes - 32%


After reading this issue on evangelical Anabaptism, I think my congregation is
a good blend of the two streams
Percentage of votes - 38%
more evangelical than Anabaptist
Percentage of votes - 23%
more Anabaptist than evangelical
Percentage of votes - 31%
totally different from anything I’ve read here.
Percentage of votes - 8%


Anniversaries are times to gaze back and look ahead, to celebrate what has endured and what has changed. When it comes to reflecting on the past,
I realize change is a challenging but worthwhile process
Percentage of votes - 61%
I prefer not to look back – what's done is done
Percentage of votes - 19%
I miss the good old days
Percentage of votes - 16%
I feel that things can't change fast enough to suit me
Percentage of votes - 3%


You say "Revelation," I say
the Rapture, the battle of Armageddon, and the Millennium; yes!
Percentage of votes - 28%
frightening book; best left untouched
Percentage of votes - 8%
oh the poetry; praise Jesus for the mystery and the hope
Percentage of votes - 64%


When interacting with people of other faiths:
I listen for a long time, then tell them about Jesus
Percentage of votes - 44%
I'm quick to share the gospel
Percentage of votes - 3%
I would never impose my beliefs upon someone else
Percentage of votes - 31%
I just don't have the tools to witness cross-culturally
Percentage of votes - 6%
None of the above
Percentage of votes - 16%


I am a participant in the following Stewardship program (See "How a house fire sparked a million-dollar ministry")
RRSP
Percentage of votes - 7%
deposit account
Percentage of votes - 10%
student education account
Percentage of votes - 0%
TFSA
Percentage of votes - 10%
more than one of the above
Percentage of votes - 33%
none of the above
Percentage of votes - 23%
I had no idea any of this existed
Percentage of votes - 17%


At what stage in the church life cycle would you place your church? (See "[Not] forever young.")
Stage #1 -- birth
Percentage of votes - 5%
Stage #2 -- formation
Percentage of votes - 8%
Stage #3 -- stability
Percentage of votes - 20%
Stage #4 -- maturity
Percentage of votes - 23%
Stage #5 -- decline
Percentage of votes - 45%
Stage #6 -- closed
Percentage of votes - 0%


My church should spend money on artwork for our worship gathering space. (See "Telling God's story with voices of fire.")
Agreed. Good art is a response to God's generosity and worth the investment.
Percentage of votes - 53%
Disagreed. There are more necessary ways to spend God's money.
Percentage of votes - 18%
Artists should donate their work to the church.
Percentage of votes - 22%
Unsure.
Percentage of votes - 7%


Do you think your MB church is "emerging"?
Yes, and it's a good thing.
Percentage of votes - 20%
Yes, and it's a bad thing.
Percentage of votes - 28%
No, I wish it were.
Percentage of votes - 23%
No, and thank God.
Percentage of votes - 18%
I'm uncertain.
Percentage of votes - 13%


Is your church multicultural?
yes
Percentage of votes - 69%
no
Percentage of votes - 23%
unsure
Percentage of votes - 9%


Where do you engage in Bible interpretation with others?
Sunday school
Percentage of votes - 15%
midweek small group
Percentage of votes - 37%
working with a mentor/spiritual director
Percentage of votes - 0%
other
Percentage of votes - 41%
not at all
Percentage of votes - 7%


Which best describes your usual method of prayer?
spontaneous conversation
Percentage of votes - 71%
following a model or prayer aid (e.g. ACTS--adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication)
Percentage of votes - 2%
reciting memorized prayers
Percentage of votes - 0%
praying Scripture (e.g. Lord's Prayer, the Psalms)
Percentage of votes - 5%
silence
Percentage of votes - 5%
journaling/writing
Percentage of votes - 11%
singing
Percentage of votes - 2%
I don't pray
Percentage of votes - 4%


How often does your spiritual practice include a sacred space for rest?
more than once a week
Percentage of votes - 26%
once a week
Percentage of votes - 17%
once a month
Percentage of votes - 0%
rarely
Percentage of votes - 43%
when I go on vacation
Percentage of votes - 13%


Given a choice about how your life were to end, would you rather
die quickly, without the task of contemplating mortality
Percentage of votes - 45%
die gradually, with the chance to say goodbye?
Percentage of votes - 55%


Did this month's feature articles on creation help you discover new insights or perspectives on creation?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 46%
No
Percentage of votes - 41%
Unsure
Percentage of votes - 3%
Didn't read them
Percentage of votes - 11%


What does your Christmas giving look like this year?
1. spending more on gifts
Percentage of votes - 6%
2. spending less on gifts and more on charity
Percentage of votes - 16%
3. spending less on gifts and giving more gifts of time and service
Percentage of votes - 29%
4. both 2 and 3
Percentage of votes - 19%
5. no change from last Christmas
Percentage of votes - 29%


Would you welcome more formal elements/liturgical style in your church's worship service?
yes
Percentage of votes - 46%
no
Percentage of votes - 43%
unsure
Percentage of votes - 11%


Which spiritual discipline most shapes your development/spirituality?
meditation
Percentage of votes - 6%
prayer
Percentage of votes - 19%
fasting
Percentage of votes - 0%
study
Percentage of votes - 29%
solitude
Percentage of votes - 6%
service
Percentage of votes - 10%
confession
Percentage of votes - 2%
worship
Percentage of votes - 23%
none of the above
Percentage of votes - 6%


Is it important for us to meet face-to-face at regular Gatherings?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 76%
No
Percentage of votes - 24%


Through which medium are you most likely to experience Truth?
story
Percentage of votes - 36%
photograph/painting
Percentage of votes - 0%
sermon/lecture
Percentage of votes - 27%
theatre/dance
Percentage of votes - 0%
music
Percentage of votes - 21%
We know truth rather than experience it
Percentage of votes - 15%


If I were unable to have children, my first strategy would be to:
consider adopting or fostering a child who needs a loving home
Percentage of votes - 42%
seek medical treatments such as in vitro fertilization 
Percentage of votes - 27%
pour my attention into other people's children
Percentage of votes - 4%
continue to wait, pray, and try for a baby
Percentage of votes - 15%
do nothing; I have no desire to have children
Percentage of votes - 12%


Regarding human sexuality and brokenness, I think the MB church:
has done a good job of addressing the issue
Percentage of votes - 8%
should provide more teaching and resources on the subject
Percentage of votes - 43%
must allow for more dialogue and theological debate
Percentage of votes - 46%
should avoid the topic
Percentage of votes - 3%


I think that Mother's Day
is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all women
Percentage of votes - 10%
is too commercialized
Percentage of votes - 19%
is a way of following God's command to honour our mothers
Percentage of votes - 29%
all of the above
Percentage of votes - 43%


On average, how many hours a week do you spend on volunteer work?
none
Percentage of votes - 29%
less than 1 hour
Percentage of votes - 6%
1–3 hours
Percentage of votes - 38%
5–8 hours
Percentage of votes - 21%
10 hours or more
Percentage of votes - 6%


Do the views of the New Atheists post a threat to the church?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 93%
No
Percentage of votes - 6%
Uncertain
Percentage of votes - 1%


I think competitive sport should
be encouraged because it offers personal and social benefits
Percentage of votes - 76%
be discouraged because it promotes negative and violent behaviour
Percentage of votes - 11%
be discouraged because it often takes families away from Christian worship and fellowship
Percentage of votes - 9%
not be discussed by the Christian community because it has nothing to do with faith
Percentage of votes - 4%


Are you planning to attend Celebration 2010?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 37%
No
Percentage of votes - 63%


The American Family Association called for a boycott of Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic over censorship of the word "Christmas." The proposed Nov.1-Dec.25 boycott was part of AFA's ongoing campaign to ensure businesses and individuals "put Christ back in Christmas." Gap countered that it's important to display holiday signage inclusive to everyone, but later rolled out a commercial with "a very strong Christmas theme." AFA suspended the boycott. Do you participate in this kind of action?
Yes; it's time society realizes Christmas is about celebrating Jesus' birth
Percentage of votes - 39%
No; Christians should be more selective about how and on which issues they engage society
Percentage of votes - 59%
Maybe, since I can still shop at the Boxing Day sales
Percentage of votes - 2%


How do you respond when your neighbour offends you?
lash out in anger
Percentage of votes - 7%
secretly plot the perfect revenge
Percentage of votes - 5%
completely avoid him or her
Percentage of votes - 46%
pray regularly for him or her
Percentage of votes - 34%
send him or her a gift basket
Percentage of votes - 7%


Are you taking any steps to prepare for a potential H1N1 pandemic crisis (see Pandemic flu:should we care?)?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 28%
No
Percentage of votes - 72%


In your view, does brilliant artistic or musical achievement outweigh a less than exemplary life (e.g. Michael Jackson, Larry Norman)?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 14%
No
Percentage of votes - 76%
Uncertain
Percentage of votes - 10%


How frequently should churches celebrate the Lord's Supper (communion)?
Every week
Percentage of votes - 26%
Twice a month
Percentage of votes - 3%
Once a month
Percentage of votes - 63%
On the holy days of the church year
Percentage of votes - 7%


How has the current economic recession affected you?
Not at all.
Percentage of votes - 43%
Not much, but I'm worried.
Percentage of votes - 24%
I've had to make changes.
Percentage of votes - 22%
It's affecting me a lot.
Percentage of votes - 11%


"Initiatives and energy to assure intergenerational harmony in the church will need to come from the seniors." (see Advice to the pig in the python)
Agree
Percentage of votes - 59%
Disagree
Percentage of votes - 41%


Do you count any people of Aboriginal heritage among your friends?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 77%
No
Percentage of votes - 23%


Was your childhood experience of the gospel message helpful in growing your faith?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 80%
No
Percentage of votes - 20%


Would you support tougher youth criminal legislation by the Canadian government?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 76%
No
Percentage of votes - 24%


How much money will you spend on gifts this Christmas?
More than last year
Percentage of votes - 9%
Less than last year
Percentage of votes - 55%
The same as last year
Percentage of votes - 36%


Have you ever experienced a miracle in your life?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 76%
No
Percentage of votes - 8%
Unsure
Percentage of votes - 16%


Is it important to include denominational labels in church names?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 56%
No
Percentage of votes - 44%


Do you think Henry Morgentaler should have been awarded the Order of Canada?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 18%
No
Percentage of votes - 80%
Undecided
Percentage of votes - 2%


Do you think it's appropriate for pastors to use jokes in their semons?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 90%
No
Percentage of votes - 10%


Would you join a Christian labour union?
Yes
Percentage of votes - 33%
No
Percentage of votes - 67%


If a homeless person asked me for money, I would:
Give them what I had in my wallet
Percentage of votes - 18%
Say, “Sorry, not today”
Percentage of votes - 25%
Refuse, but tell them about nearby soup kitchens
Percentage of votes - 14%
Invite them to go for coffee
Percentage of votes - 25%
Ignore the request and keep walking
Percentage of votes - 18%


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