As we embark our next chapter of the Year in Authentic Community, we believe that it’s valuable for our church to understand the people who are part of the Reality San Francisco family. To foster this level of understanding, we have shared key insights of an All Church Survey we conducted online and in person over three Sundays in December 2018.
With our survey questions, the leadership of Reality SF was not attempting to communicate anything or take a stance on certain political or cultural issues — we were simply collecting information in order to better serve and shepherd all those who call our church home.
We desire to run this survey annually, continuing to use it to understand the community we are leading, and inform how we minister and disciple. We will continue to use this survey to tell us who is in our church and inform us on how we want to grow in diversity as a community.
Note: We are sharing data but there are questions that were unhelpful to share in this space. These will still dictate how we go about our ministries, while others proved inconclusive and need further evaluation and study.
78% of our church community completed this survey. The data is divided into five sections and descriptions of each are provided.
In this section, we learn how each member of our community is connected to, and in relationship with, Reality San Francisco.
How long have you been part of the Reality SF community?
If you attend Sunday gatherings, which do you most regularly attend?
Do you contribute financially to Reality SF?
In this section, we assess the degree to which our community feels connected to our church, feels both seen and known, and experiences a sense of psychological safety to be their best, authentic selves.
I feel like it was easy for me to integrate into a community of people at Reality SF.
I feel like I belong at Reality SF.
I feel like I can be my authentic self.
COMMUNITY, SERVICE, & MINISTRY
At the core, this section gives clarity into how members of our church engage in forming relationships with each other, and how they are exercising the fruits of the Spirit within our community and throughout our city.
Are you in community at Reality SF?
*49% of those in community attend a Reality SF weekly Community Group gathering
If you are in a Reality SF Community Group, how long have you been a part of it?
Would your community at Reality SF be reason enough to decline moving to another city?
*30.2% would consider their RSF community a reason to decline moving
Do you currently serve as a volunteer at Reality SF or in the greater Bay Area community?
*Of those who currently serve, 27% serve as a volunteer with Reality SF
If you’re interested in serving at Reality SF, visit volunteer.realitysf.com for more information and to sign up!
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS & DEVOTIONAL LIFE
This section aims to deepen our understanding of how connected our community is with Jesus, and how each member incorporates spiritual practices into their daily lives.
How long have you been a follower of Jesus?
*93% of those currently following Jesus made this decision prior to attending RSF
Of the people in our church, here are the spiritual gifts they most often exercise, in rank order. [Respondents were given the opportunity to select more than one spiritual gift.]
On average, how often do you practice one or more spiritual disciplines? [solitude, silence, fasting, Sabbath, Bible-reading]
How many times per week do you spend in prayer and personal devotional study?
If so, on average how long do you spend in prayer and personal devotional study?
In this section, we gather insight into our community’s background and walk of life. This census was made with a few modifications in order to seek further clarity and understanding of the people who call our church home.
Here we asked people which ethnicity they most strongly identified with. [For this data, respondents were given the opportunity to select only one category.]
As we recognize that Asian cultures are not a monolith, this second chart is of all Asian races.
To help us further understand people who identify as more than one race or ethnicity in our church community, we allowed them to specify their multiple races or ethnicities in the survey. Therefore, the data below represents a tally of both those who selected multiple races or ethnicities [up to 4], as well as those who chose only one race or ethnicity.
Highest level of education
Annual household income
*14% of the RSF community are families with children
Where does our community live?
The illustration below shows the neighborhoods of San Francisco. From the data gathered, we’ve highlighted 3 of the top neighborhoods in which members of our community reside.
70% live in the city of San Francisco
4% live in Oakland & Alameda
26% live in the South Bay, Peninsula, or Greater Bay Area
Watch: Janet Ikpa and our Executive Director, Dale Gustafson, share important insight regarding the heart behind conducting and utilizing the information found in our All Church Survey.