Church Survey

I created a survey for our church to take. I used Survey Monkey, which is a very easy way to make an online survey.

I started the survey with a number of demographic questions (age, gender, marital status...) And then asked a short series of open ended questions. I based the open ended questions on what is called a SWOT analysis, or Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. This is an analysis used by many organizations to aid in decision making, strategy formulation, etc.

I sent an email out to our database today with a link to the survey. In less than 8 hours the survey had been completed over 100 times. I was a little surprised by that.

The reason I have felt so strongly about doing a survey is that I have been a little frustrated with my own decision making process. My decision making in the past has been based on anecdotal evidence. Someone makes a comment, or someone says they have "heard" comments. That sort of thing. Then I pray about the comments, and listen for God, and try to think about a course of direction to address the comments. But that is not a very good way to make decisions! I really have no idea how many people would have similar comments. No idea how much of a problem the problem really is. Just hearsay and good intentions. But no real evidence.

So I'm hoping that this preliminary survey will at least give myself and the leadership a sense of what the real issues are. Then I plan to do a follow up survey that addresses each of those issues more in depth. That way we will have a good sense of what people are really thinking and feeling, why they have stayed, why they have left, why they serve, why they don't, what they need, what they desire, and how best we as leaders and as a church can serve them.

Of course I am under no illusion that this survey is the be all end all. It won't solve all our problems. But its a step in the right direction. One of many steps we need to take as we grow and mature as a church. I am still amazed that we are only four years old! God is good!

Ken Bussell
Minister of Music & Administration
Our Place Christian Church

>sent via blackberry


Logan Bennett said...

Dude Why didn't I get this survey?? was it because I have Hotmail? Send me over the survey so I can take it. Your link up above does not work. Thank you for not losing faith in me because of the way I stand on the Gender issue, a lot of people do lose faith in others when they don't believe something that they believe. Oh yeah just a little thought about the survey thing. Whenever my parents church (the church that I grew up in) whenever there was a decision to be made or an issue that needed looking at our church voted on those things, and that way the eldership always knew what was going on in the congregation. A survey I think would do about the same thing.

Send me the survey man :)

steve said...

did you just call me a monkey?

Ken said...

Logan I sent you a survey link. I have faith in you bro'!

Steve, no I did not call you a monkey. No need to restate the obvious! :-)

Ken said...

I fixed the link.