Nine years ago our then-new women’s ministry team longed to include the things the women in our church really wanted in our ministry plans.
It was our deepest desire to meet our women where they were and to provide events, activities, and resources that would encourage them in their walk with Christ.
There was no sense in wasting our time, budget, or energy on events and activities our women didn’t want.
We needed to find a way to figure out if our team’s ideas aligned with the wants and desires of the women in our church.
We were looking to the answers to questions like these:
- What topics are they interested in?
- Do our women want to go on a fall retreat?
- Would they prefer we focus on local or international missions?
- Which day of the week and which time of day will most of our women be able to attend?
- Is there really a big need for childcare at our events?
- What’s the make-up of the women in our church? Older? Young moms? Working full time?
The best way we could figure out what our women wanted was to ask them!
So we came up with a one-page paper survey. Keep in mind this was 9 years ago. At that time many of our older women did not have email/internet.
Chances are most of your women do now.
Here’s a copy of the very survey we used. Click the link below to open the free PDF file.
In the last 9 years God has moved our family multiple times giving us the opportunity to attend four other churches. I served on the women’s ministry team in two. If I were to do that survey again, there are some things I would definitely add/change.
How I would add/change that paper survey:
1. I’d put the survey online.
You can always print a paper copy if there are a few women that need one. SurveyMonkey is free if you stick to 10 questions. We’re using Google Forms (it’s free) for our surveys and love it! Try to keep your surveys as short and simple as you can.
2. Add additional age ranges.
I have no idea why we stopped so young! I would break it into decades 18 – 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+.
3. Add a section asking about their availability.
I’d create a table (we did on a later survey by the way) with every day of the week broken into chunks 9-Noon, Noon – 2, 2 – 4, 7 – 9. Ask when their schedule will usually allow them to attend. Give them space to make a comment on their availability. Lord willing, you’ll see some patterns and know when to and not to plan events and activities.
I share all of this with you all because many of you have requested a survey like this on my Seven Super Survey Questions post. Once word got out that I had one buried in my files requests kept pouring in.
I hope you’ll take this survey and update it and tweak it to use for your church. It’s not perfect, but it should provide a good starting place for your team.
Once you’ve got a good idea of the wants of your women, your team’s task is to balance or incorporate those wants with the things your women need – like Bible study, discipleship, prayer, worship, serving, etc.
Ask God to use your survey to show your team any areas that you’ve been neglecting. Ask Him to give your team wisdom in planning and eyes to see the needs not recorded.
This survey is just a tool.
A tool your team can use to better figure out what God wants for your women’s ministry.
What other questions would you put on your survey?