Churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK are being asked to take part in a new online survey to help find out how they are maintained, funded, managed and contribute to their wider communities.
Data from the survey will be used in a new research study being carried out by the National Churches Trust, the UK's church buildings support charity, into the social and economic benefits that churches provide to local communities and to the UK more generally.
The new research will build on a similar study, undertaken in 2010, which looked at the physical condition of places of worship and also the way they are managed, funded and used by their communities.
The survey is available online and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is Wednesday 4th March 2020.
Eddie Tulasiewicz, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for the National Churches Trust said:
"Ten years on from our pioneering survey about the UK's churches, which sought to understand not just the physical condition of places of worship but also the way they are managed, funded and used by their communities, we are asking churches, chapels and meeting houses to help is by providing up to date information to help us understand what may have changed since 2010."
"The data will help inform a new research study we are carrying out into the benefits churches play in supporting local people, as well as being places that carry out and host activities and services that meet the needs of the local community."