One of the most beneficial practices that we have in our preteen ministry is the use of surveys or questionnaires. Following each unit, we pass out a questionnaire that usually includes 10-12 short-answer questions. The purpose of the survey is to think how they will apply what they learned in the previous unit and to get them thinking about the next unit’s topic. These surveys have created an effective evaluation process for what we teach and how we teach.
Here are a few ways the surveys have helped:
Surveys show us the “felt needs” of preteens that need to be addressed from a Biblical perspective in our teaching
Surveys give insight to what teaching methods are most effective for the group and what methods are “duds”
Surveys provide encouragement for our small group leaders as they see proof that their students are “getting it”
Surveys give preteens a chance to communicate what they’re learning and give input into the direction of the ministry
Surveys give preteens an opportunity to think through the life application of what the Bible is teaching them
What method(s) do you use to evaluate your ministry?