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Tony Brooks: Determining the Needs through a Survey

Posted: 7/31/17 at 2:30pm. Post by Tony Brooks.

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” Romans 12:13 NIV

 We often just consider persons in need for social ministry of food, clothing and shelter. Regarding Sunday School/Bible study, every person needs to know God’s word for salvation and to be better disciples. We have a lot of people who are in the pew for worship and not in Bible study. Why not ask them what they need from a Bible study and find out how to improve what you are doing for those who do attend? Here is a survey to help find out what worshippers need and how to improve:

Sunday School/Bible Study Survey

  1. Do you currently attend Sunday school?
  2. Did you attend Sunday school regularly sometime in the last five years?

For those of you who are attending Sunday School/Bible Study:

  1. What do you like about Sunday school? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
  2. What can we do to make it better for you?

For those of you who are not attending Sunday School/Bible Study:

  1. What would make you more interested in Sunday school?
  2. What books of the Bible or topics interest you?
  3. Do you ever plan to attend Sunday school?
  4. Does the reason you are not attending have to do with the class you tried or other reasons?
  5. Would you be interested in a Bible study class at another time?

If so, what day of the week?                           When is the ideal meeting time?

For anyone to answer:

  1. Please list any other comments about Sunday School you want us to know:

My wife and I doubled the size of a Sunday School class/department when we discovered what the needs were. We went from a class that may have had 2-10 people on a given Sunday to a consistent group of 15-20 people. The difference was we heard their needs!

We moved from one class to two. One class was a traditional Bible study, and the second class was focused on need: (a Biblical parenting class for eight weeks, then marriage enrichment, etc.). One addition was they met for breakfast together 15 minutes before class was to start. They spent time together and developed relationships. After the eight weeks of parenting study, they stayed and joined the other class. It was expected that each member could choose between the two options, but they were seen as one class (as far as care goes.)

This concept could be used for reaching people in the pews and in the community. The end result was more people in Bible study. Take a chance and survey your congregation and see what their needs are.

Feel free to download the above survey here for your use.

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org.Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7