FUMC YOUTH MINISTRY SURVEY Circle Appropriate description:_____ Male or Female ______Age Range: 13-19, 20-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51 53 Surveys received 18 26 7w/no age 31 0 2 2 11 EXPECTATIONS What do you feel the aim of youth ministry should be? Build relationship with God 22 Support group of believers 4 Involvement in worship 4 Bring others to Christ 3 Form good habits & firm foundation 3 Learn to serve others 3 Safe, Fun, Christian fellowship 2 What do you feel the purpose of Sunday School should be? Bible Study 16 Learn how to build relationship with God 8 Fellowship 3 Learn Scripture & relate it to their lives Worship & Application What do you feel the purpose of Wednesday Family Night should be? Fun & fellowship 21 Bible study & fun 10 Relate bible to current life situations 5 Unite families in worship 5 Building relationship with God 4 Family time/activities 2 What do you feel the purpose of Sunday Night MYF should be? Fun & spiritual fellowship 22 Mission work/other service opportunities 4 Discuss events of past week/personal & social 4 More fun activities than Wed. night 3 Discuss previous acts of service 3 Team building What are your top three priorities related to addressing the needs of youth in the church? Love others as Christ loves them 7 Youth make decisions based on Christian values 5 Raise money for youth programs 5 Youth have more involvement in church 4 Provide safe environment 4 Be happy & learn about God 4 Pay attention, be quiet, don’t ask dumb questions 4 Put faith into action 4 Don’t leave anyone out/everyone included 3 Strong Christian base 3 Support community activities that uphold 2 Christian values Homework area & computers 2 More travel on Sundays What are your top three priorities related to addressing the needs of youth in the community? Be welcoming Local mission work Outreach Invite others to attend youth Make FUMC “THE PLACE” for youth Help educate youth to be leaders Address social issues/ sex, drugs, & alcohol Offer educational programs not available elsewhere Computers for homework Joint activities with other youth groups Youth group should be seen & be recognizable How would you change Sunday Morning Programming if you had the opportunity? Leave it the same Youth should be part of rotation of lay readers in worship service Scripture memory More youth participation Start later New study book/lessons Have more fun Less playing around Warm atmosphere More challenging Each child bring their own bible Variety of teachers How would you change Wednesday Night Programming if you had the opportunity? Stay the same Scheduled program More adult control Small groups More hands on activities More bible study Youth should minister to children/mentoring More prayer & share Involve more youth in discussion More movies Start at 5PM How would you change Sunday Night Programming if you had the opportunity? More organized activities/God centered Stay the same Go on more outings All ages interact More music Start earlier More outside youth participation Use members of congregation as speakers I don’t know what the program is We do not currently have a Youth Choir or a Youth Handbell Choir. Would you like to see these programs again? No 17 Yes 28 Youth band Would you be willing to make a commitment to a program in order to bring about needed changes? Yes No Yes 28 No 15 Later 4 EVALUATIONS Do you have youth or grandchildren actively participating in youth ministry programs? Yes No If yes, in which programs do they participate: Sunday School Wednesday Night Bible Study Sunday Night MYF UM Army (Sr. High) Big House (Jr. High) Summer Camp Wed. Night Live (Summers only) Highway Clean-up Spring Retreat Drama Team Local Mission Work Days Holiday in the Park Youth Praise Band S.A.L.T. Countryfest Kairos Luncheons Spring Break Trips Oilier Activities (List) List ages of youth attending: What is currently taking place in youth ministry that you feel is effective? All programs are effective Missions Outreach Fellowship Wednesday night/bible studies Great leadership Talking about Virginia Tech Movies What is currently taking place in youth ministry that you feel is not effective? Youth should show more respect to speakers Too much horseplay not enough worship Not enough control Inappropriate PDA Sunday nights Wednesday nights Teach effective lessons Not enough reverent prayer time Too much pastor control Do you currently volunteer in an area of youth ministries? If yes which area(s): Yes 15 No 17 Never been asked 1 How are youth involved in the life of the congregation? Missions/UM Army Ushers/greeters Serving/ church projects Not enough/ only see them when they want money Attendance They are the future of this congregation Being Christian friends Totally Do you feel youth have opportunities to serve as well as be served, is yes how? No 8 Youth do excellent job, would like to see them offered more leadership/responsibility Youth should regularly assist in services Service projects Could help some elderly members with household chores Do you feel the church excludes youth, if so how and when? Yes 16 No 22 Youth should have more exposure in every day church activities Adults should attend and be invited to youth activities Youth aren’t valued by others Youth not involved in decision making/ opinion not valued Youth exclude themselves If you or your youth are not attended some or all of the youth activities, what keeps them from attending? Rude behavior by others/cliques Money School/homework Other activities Need new youth minister/reorganization RATE THE PROGRAMS On a scale of 1 to 5 (one being the least and five being the best) circle the number that best answers the question. Overall how do you rate the youth Sunday School program? 1 2 3 4 5 Program Quality 1 0 10 11 14 1 2 3 4 5 Child Participation 3 1 11 10 10 1 2 3 4 5 Adult Involvement 0 5 8 9 13 Overall how do you rate the youth Sunday Evening program? 1 2 3 4 5 Program Quality 0 3 9 11 16 1 2 3 4 5 Child Participation 2 1 10 10 13 1 2 3 4 5 Adult Involvement 1 3 10 9 13 Overall how do you rate the Wednesday Evening program? 1 2 3 4 5 Program Quality 1 4 9 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 Child Participation 3 5 6 14 9 1 2 3 4 5 Adult Involvement 1 5 8 11 12 Overall how do you rate the Summer Camp opportunities? 1 2 3 4 5 Program Quality 2 0 10 6 16 1 2 3 4 5 Child Participation 2 1 9 12 9 1 2 3 4 5 Adult Involvement 2 3 10 6 11 How do you rate the congregation as an advocate for youth? 1 2 3 4 5 5 3 18 8 9 OPTIONAL INFORMATION Name: _____ _____________________ _____ Email: _____________________ Please email additional comments about Children's Ministry to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to the church office. This survey is available for download at www.fumclindale.org Children's Ministry Survey Revised 3/28/ Comments: 1. Our church needs to be more aware of our youth and what all they can do. I would like to see the youth all sit together on Sunday mornings—make themselves known. 2. Sorry, I’m no help in this survey. I’m too old to be involved or informed. 3. Youth need family and adult participation to be role models and people they can turn to to lead them and teach them to live in the world. The youth program “Leadership Training for Christ” in the Church of Christ, is excellent in preparing Jr. High—High School youth to serve their God, their church and their lives in a variety of activities with a Christian goal.(music, puppets, drama, sign language, power point, photography, bulletin boards, etc.) 4. I think there is much more we can include the youth in; their current programs are excellent, but they can be less isolated from the rest of the congregation. The rest of the church needs to reach out to the youth and view them, include them more as adults than children. 5. You have to have fun. I know some do UM Army and I know they washed the walls of the hall.