John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Readers' Survey Results

I had 72 of you respond to my survey over the last couple of weeks, and I'm breaking down the results now. Here's what it looks like: 54 Men 18 Women

10 age 21-30 22 age 31-40 22 age 41-50 18 age 50+

4 completed High School 10 completed Some College 40 College Degree 18 Graduate School

6 Baptist 40 Church of Christ/Christian Church 2 Methodist 24 Other

30 attend church once per week 40 attend church more than once per week 2 attend a few times per month

6 attend a church of less than 100 4 attend a church of 100-200 20 attend a church of 200-500 12 attend a church of 500-1,000 22 attend a church of 1,000-2,500 8 attend a church of 2,500+

20 on church staff 24 lead small group 20 teach class 6 lead youth group 18 work with children 10 participate in missions 6 lead worship 4 no involvement 30 other

30 blog 60 FaceBook 18 Twitter 30 read through RSS feed 12 read via FaceBook

The following states are represented:

Arkansas Arizona California Colorado Florida Georgia Illinois Kentucky Minnesota Mississippi Missouri New Mexico Ohio Oklahoma Pennsylvania Texas Virginia

And the following countries:

Canada England Australia

As for topics you've enjoyed, you left quite a diverse list. Lots of you said you enjoyed and miss the character studies I used to do when I was teaching regularly -- especially the series on Moses, David and Daniel. Several of you liked the series on faith I did back in the spring (another series I was teaching through). Community is a topic you'd like to hear more about. And several of you asked for more on how to engage culture from a Christian perspective. Many of you want to talk more about church and ministry-related issues. That makes sense since so many of you are on staff or serve as lay-leaders somewhere.

By far, the most positive feedback I got was about the recent singing posts. Ironically, the posts weren't really about singing. At least, I didn't think so. But they touched something in many of you, and, for that, I'm glad.

I want you to know how honored I am that you read what I write. It's hard to believe we're coming up on five years this blog has been going. Knowing that I have devoted readers like you keeps me motivated as I continue growing, learning, reading and sharing my thoughts in this forum. Your presence has meant a lot to me as I've gone through a tough year. Please continue praying as I continue searching for a good, healthy church where I can use the gifts God has given me to provide for the family he's also given me.

I realize I have a lot of lurkers still. Let me encourage you to come out of the shadows. One of the things the survey revealed is how much you really like the give-and-take discussion in the comments.

Oh, and Dave Moss won the book. Don't worry, though. I just got a copy of a new book (not by me) that I'll be giving away soon. Stay tuned!