Doors open Shincheonji church
Survey shows rapid increase of positive feelings towards the church, and expectation on the volunteers is higher than ever
"After seeing it myself, Shincheonji church is nothing like what I had heard from people."
According to a survey conducted by the Shincheonji officials, it turned out that local residents that had negative feelings towards the Shincheonji church have drastically changed.
A doors open event was organized by the Shincheonji church to communicate openly with the people and to think about the region's development together. The event was conducted all through the twelve tribes of the church since the last July, and total of hundred people had participated in the survey regarding the visit. According to the survey, it turned out that local residents that had negative feelings towards the Shincheonji church have changed drastically.
Before the open doors event, the survey shows only 47 percent of the respondents had positive feelings towards the church, 34 percent answered they were neutral, and 19 percent answered they had negative feelings towards the church.
When the respondents were asked if they would revisit the church in the future, 73 percent of the locals answered they would, 24 percent remained 'neutral', and merely three percent answered 'they would not'. The result of the survey clearly shows the local residents' willingness to take part in the future events held by the church.
The respondents were also asked in which field of service the region they most require by the Shincheonji volunteers, 30 percent answered 'helping out the people in need', 23 percent 'providing cultural spaces', 15 percent 'beautification of the region', 13 percent 'medical services', and lastly 11 percent 'cleaning the environment'.
They were also questioned what kind of activities that the church could do to benefit the region, the requirement for regional communication spaces marked 35 percent which was the highest, unique volunteering works marked 33 percent, participating in artistic performances 25 percent, volunteer crime-prevention 6 percent, and other requirements marked 1 percent. Through the research, it became clear that local residents wanted the Shincheonji church to take charge of the regional communication field, and the need for unique volunteering suitable for the region and artistic performances is high.
The participants remarked the visit by saying"I can see that the number of the believers coming to the church is growing rapidly, and they all have a bright smile on their faces. I was able to learn that the Shincheonji church have been volunteering widely in all kinds of fields for a long time. I will actively participate in the church's future events in developing the region".