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Questions You Need Answers To

Last week I sent out a survey to all the wonderful people that volunteer to work in our Early Childhood areas at the church.   More specifically it was sent to those people that are lead teachers.   I worded it a little playful, but not too much.   I wanted people to feel they could be honest, without hurting someone s feelings.   It is also my goal, whether they fill out the survey or not; for them to know that their opinion has some weight.   The entire thing shouldn t have taken more than 5 or 10 minutes, so it wasn t a terrible chore.

So far I ve gotten some great feedback.   By great I mean it made me cry it was so freaking honest.

Those responding to the survey were not required to provide their name, but were given the option if they wanted to.   All questions were required to be answered to advance through the survey, except where an optional response is noted.   I used Pollograph for the survey, and I can NOT say enough great things about the service.   It is a super A+ online survey service.

The following are the questions given and responses offered:

1. Do the Children in your classroom seem to enjoy your classroom?




2. Do you feel that the Children in your class are learning Biblical principals?

Always. The kids can recite the main point at the door when they leave.

Sometimes they do, sometimes they don t.

Never.   We just play and eat snacks.

3. Are you adequately provided with everything you need to teach your class effectively?


Yes, I have everything I could ask for.
Sometimes, but I would like more.
Never, I feel unprepared every week and it’s NOT my fault!

4. Do you feel prepared each week to teach the children?

Yes, I always prepare well in advance.
Some weeks I’m ready, and some weeks I’m just here.
Prepared, am I supposed to be prepared?

5. Are you taking your teacher’s guide home each week to look over the material and prepare for the lesson?


Always have it by my side
Sometimes I have to search for it on Sunday Mornings.
Never. Am I supposed to have a Teacher Guide?

6. Do you feel valued by the Children’s Ministry leadership at Trinity?


Always. I am Loved.
Never. I don’t think they know my name.

7. Are you actively attending services during the services you don’t work with Children?



8. Are you involved in a Life Group?



9. How involved do you feel parents are in your classroom?


Highly Involved
Some Parents help, but I would love more.
These kids have Parents? I never see them.

10. Which of these options would you employ to connect with families if given the choice?

clip_image014[11]Allow ‘Others’, May select more than one

Pre-postaged postcards for you to mail out at your convenience.
A phone number for someone who has missed your class for a few weeks.
Stocked supply of volunteer applications at your door to pass out when needed.

11. Are you currently teaching in an area that is comfortable for you and is compatible with your teaching style?


Yes, I’m in my comfort zone.
Maybe, I haven’t thought about that.
No, I’m only where I am because I was put there.

12. How would you rate yourself in the following classroom settings:


Song Time
Craft Time
  • clip_image093I’m Good at this
  • clip_image093[1]I’m trying, but need help
  • clip_image093[2]I’m terrible, and sometimes skip it altogether

13. What brings you the most joy in teaching your class?

Optional Written Response

14. What seems to be the biggest obstacle for you in teaching your class?

Optional Written Response

15. What are your thoughts on the current Curriculum


Content of Bible Lesson
Storytelling Options
Craft Projects
Overall Age Appropriateness
Special Activities in Lesson
  • clip_image093[3]Perfect
  • clip_image093[4]Good, Not Great
  • clip_image093[5]Needs Work

16. Any Additional thoughts on our current curriculum?

Optional Written Response

17. What is your opinion of the past training sessions that have been offered?


Highly Valuable, wouldn’t miss it!
It’s a good meal, but could be better…
We have training sessions?

18. Is there a specific topic you would like addressed in a training session?

Optional Written Response

19. Here’s your big chance: Is there one area of Children’s Ministry you would like to see changed and how do you feel this could best come about?

clip_image014[20]Optional Written Response

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. John In Colorado · January 19, 2009

    nice work, LP. i like your questions. i just signed up for survey monkey today with a similar idea in mind.

  2. Remote Researcher · January 20, 2009

    I like to use Zoomerang for all my online surveys. Between church and school activites, I probably send out 10 a month. I started with a free account that offers more options than Pollograph or SurveyMonkey (who I used until I found Zoomerang)but since I needed even more options I signed up for a paid membership and have never had any problems at all. Since I am involved with a non-profit (and an educator) I was able to get a discount off their regular price. They also offer templates, helpful hints and suggestions so the entire process couldn’t be easier. You should give them a try. They also recently started a blog that has been both informative and entertaining.

  3. Sebastian · February 19, 2009

    Glad you liked our service. Thanks for the kind words! =)