Church response to Christchurch shootings: Otago University research

A University of Otago researcher is undertaking some research for an investigation on how churches responded to the Christchurch mosque terror attacks.  The research explores how churches responded in their worship services to the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch.  All ministers and worship leaders are invited to participate. Depending on your responses, the questionnaire should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

How do churches talk about tragic events? What do they do in response to such events in their worship services? For example, what and how do they pray? What resources do those leading the services draw on in deciding how to respond?  In doing so, the research explores best practice in this area of church pastoral ministry. It provides insight on church practice, as a resource for training of future leaders in theological reflection, congregational leading and worship leading and to assist with professional development of ministers and worship leaders.

You can access the survey here:

Do you have any questions? Contact Dr Lynne Taylor, Theology Programme, School of Arts, 03 479 5358,

This project has been reviewed and approved by the School of Arts, University of Otago.