June 25, 2007
Dear Leader of Youth,
Upon receipt of a grant from the United Church of Canada, Atlantic School of
Theology has the exciting and rare opportunity to consult with its founding churches
about their current needs for high school youth ministry training. AST’s goals for the
to listen well to the founding churches,
to define the current reality of youth ministry in the Atlantic region, and to
identify both the churches’ visions for youth ministry and the churches’ most
pressing needs for youth ministry training
to explore program possibilities to effectively meet the current needs for youth
to design and implement a program to meet the key needs identified through the
consultation beginning in the 2008/09 Academic year
This survey is an important component of our information gathering in understanding the
current reality of youth ministry, leaders’ visions for youth ministry and the training
needs of leaders. Please be assured that the survey responses are confidential and will be
used only in reference to this consultation. If you prefer speaking to writing and would
like to respond in person, please find my contact information below.
A quick note about language. A wide variety of people provide leadership for the
youth ministry in their congregations, including volunteers, ordered ministers, staff
associates, and paid congregational-accountable ministers. When used, the term
“minister” is understood to include all who provide leadership for youth, not just those
who are commissioned or ordained. The most common term used in this survey is
“leader of youth,” which attempts to include all of the categories in which youth
ministers would find themselves.
Thank you for agreeing to participate in this survey and sharing your perspective,
passion, experiences, hopes and dreams for youth ministry in your context and for your
growth and development as a youth minister. A timely response would be greatly
appreciated. And on behalf of the wider church, I thank you for serving in this vital
ministry of the church with such dedication and passion.
Peace to you all,
AST Youth Ministry Consultant
firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-832-9859
Atlantic School of Theology Youth Ministry Training Consultation
Leader of Youth Survey
1. In what capacity do you serve as a leader of youth in your congregation?
Paid youth worker
Licensed lay minister
2. How many hours do you work on Youth Ministry paid /week or
3. What brings you to serve in this capacity at this time?
4. In what ways were you trained prior to accepting your current position (please
check all that apply)?
b. Church camping training
c. Theological School
d. Church Army training
e. Volunteer experience:_________________________________
5. Which of these were the most helpful? Why?
6. Which of these were the least helpful? Why?
7. How prepared did you feel at the beginning of your leadership with youth?
8. Looking back, what do you wish you knew when you started?
9. What are the main areas of concern in your ministry now?
10. How important is some sort of accreditation (ie. certificate or diploma) for youth
ministry to you personally?
a. Very-------------------------------------------------------------------Not at all
11. How important is it to your congregation that you have some sort of
a. Very---------------------------------------------------------------------Not at all
12. If you are a volunteer leader of youth, please list the training events that you have
attended that helped you in your youth ministry:
13. What are your hopes for the future of youth ministry in your congregation?
14. What are your hopes for the future for you as a leader of youth?
15. What kind of youth ministry training event would you be personally interested in
(please check all that apply)?
a. Weekend events
b. Week long events
c. Mentoring programs
d. 2 week intensive courses
e. On-line courses
f. Degree-granting programs
16. Is the location of training events a concern for you? Why or why not?
17. Do you currently see yourself as a potential participant in a youth ministry
training program at AST? Why or why not?
18. If you responded “yes” to the previous question, what would some of your hopes
be for that program?
19. Additional comments concerning youth ministry training that you would like to
share with AST:
20. Comments you would like to share concerning this survey form:
Please return this survey to:
c/o Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia