Counting Online Attendance

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Like so many things during a pandemic, how we measure our worship attendance is different. The Mission Amp. team recognizes that recording this information is not the same as taking attendance on Sunday mornings. Congregations in the Diocese of Texas are using a variety of platforms. Instructions for gathering viewer metrics can be found through the following links:

To record your views on a platform would be simple, but not an accurate picture of participation on Sundays. To record a more accurate estimate of worship participation, we are asking that once you have located viewer count for your services on the platform(s). Look for the following numbers:

  • The number of those viewing worship online during the hour of liturgy on Sunday for at least one minute during the service time
  • The number of those that viewed worship online for at least one minute following the time Sunday service ends up until the start of worship on the following week
  • The number of those that attended worship in person when applicable

After locating these counts on the platform you are using, follow the instructions below to calculate worship service attendance:

  ____  # of LIVE VIEWERS ONLINE (for at least 1 minute during Sunday worship)

+ ____  # of DELAYED VIEWERS ONLINE (after worship until the following Sunday)

x 1.5_   FOR HOUSEHOLDS VIEWING TOGETHER

+ ____  # of ATTENDANCE in PERSON (when applicable)
= ____  TOTAL VIEWERSHIP ON A GIVEN WEEK

Spelled out, this means that you would take those viewing worship online during the hour of liturgy on Sunday for at least one minute during the service time. Add this to those that viewed worship online for at least one minute from the time the service ends up until the service starts the following week. This is then multiplied by 1.5 to reflect the households that view worship online together. This total is then added to those who attended in person (if applicable). This sum is your total attendance on a given week.

If you need additional assistance, contact the Mission Amplification Team.