If you’re new to using church surveys, we understand you might have a lot of questions on the topic. Well, you’re in the right place! In today’s post, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about surveying church members along with helpful tips for creating your survey questions.
What are church surveys used for?
With the ability to quickly collect feedback, opinions, and other data from church members, church surveys come in handy for a variety of purposes. Whether you want to know how satisfied your church members are with the church services, how long they have been attending your services, how far they travel to attend, or any other information that could be useful to you, collecting this information with church congregation survey questions is the way to go.
Tips for developing church survey questions
If you’re ready to start creating church congregation survey questions, the following tips will help make sure your surveys are a success.
Focus on your objective
Before you create your church survey, first ask yourself what the desired outcome of the survey is.
- Are you interested in learning more about the demographics of your church members?
- Are you looking for ways to improve your church services?
- Do you want to know what your church members would like to see more of?
These, and a number of other objectives will form the basis of your questions. Be sure each question you include in the survey takes you one step closer to reaching that objective.
Keep your questions short and sweet
For surveys of all kinds, it’s often best to keep your questions, and the survey itself, as short as possible. Respondents may get overwhelmed with lengthy surveys. And unfortunately, this causes them to either not complete it, or complete it without thoroughly reading and understanding the content. Ultimately, this leads to inaccurate results that won’t help you in the long run.
Consider a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions
Depending on the type of feedback and information you’re trying to collect, there are different question formats that might be right for your church questionnaire for members.
Running mobile church surveys
Many congregations are gathering remotely in today’s world. Church members may tune in from their smartphones or computers which means polling them on these devices will come in handy! Rather than waiting until your entire church can gather in person, you can quickly poll them from anywhere in the world.
If you plan to run a mobile survey with your church members, follow these tips for doing so.
For starters, when you create a mobile survey for church members, there are a few qualities to focus on to make sure the mobile survey is effective, user-friendly, and gets a high-response rate.
Clean and simple is the way to go!
If church members are completing a survey on their mobile device, it’s important to stick to a clean and simple design that isn’t too distracting or busy. Keep logos and branding to a minimum!
Keep your mobile surveys short
In most cases, mobile surveys are best kept between about five to ten questions.
Make it easy to click on answer options
Make sure the response boxes are large enough that they are easy to click on using fingers rather than a computer mouse.
Create church surveys with Swift Polling
Are you ready to create your first church survey? You’re in the right place!
Swift Polling has all of the audience engagement tools you could ever need. In addition to creating surveys, you could also create an interactive Q&A for your congregation. This lets them either ask you questions (anonymously or not) or you can switch things up and ask them questions.
Another fun option for using Swift Polling tools at church is using our quiz and gamification tools with youth groups. They’re an effective way to make learning more fun and keep children (and adults!) of all ages engaged.
Click here to learn more about church surveys (including our handy church survey template).