Survey on Church Engagement

February 2, 2010    By: Matt W. @ 9:34 pm   Category: Life,Mormon Culture/Practices,Uncategorized

Several corporations use a 12 question survey to measure how engaged their employees are in the company and use this as a measure to determine the quality of the workplace. I thought it would be interesting to apply these questions to the church.

You may take the survey here, or link to it here

I will share the results when/if I get 250 responses.


  1. Just going through those questions made me realise that I am happily tied to the Church and that it is a good place for me.

    Comment by Rico — February 3, 2010 @ 3:34 am

  2. This was very interesting. I am going to predict that the answers to #7 will be discouraging–I fear we are incredibly bad at thanking each other for doing callings.

    Comment by ESO — February 3, 2010 @ 6:16 am

  3. Clearly I like church better than I like most jobs I’ve had.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 3, 2010 @ 8:41 am

  4. There is a questionnaire like this developed by the Gallup consulting group for churches specifically. Is this it?

    Comment by ricke — February 3, 2010 @ 9:04 am

  5. # 2–Thanks I get, all the time (parents of older Primary children are quite attentive to whether their kids are having a positive experience at Church). A path for growth, that’s a whole ‘nuther matter. Not sure what that would look like, really.

    Comment by Coffinberry — February 3, 2010 @ 10:29 am

  6. Yeah, I’m really interested in this. If responses slow down too fast, tell us so that we can try to flog some attention and get enough participation to make a decent analysis.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — February 3, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

  7. ricke- I am not aware of a church specific version by Gallup, but this is adapted from the the Business Questions used by Gallup in their Q12.

    I’ll let you know Ardis.

    Comment by Matt W. — February 3, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  8. I have 115 responses so far…

    Comment by Matt W. — February 3, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  9. I had a hard time knowing what “progress” meant in the questions. People have asked me if I was doing my calling in the last month, but I don’t know if anyone’s asked me about my personal progress.

    Comment by Jacob J — February 3, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  10. Yeah, that was the one I answered lower than the others.

    Comment by Kent (MC) — February 3, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  11. per# 7, Not within the last 7 days, but within the last 2 weeks, i got an email from my bishop thanking me for helping with a situation in the ward. i didn’t even do anything, but had indicated that i was willing if it were necessary.

    Comment by marta — February 3, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  12. I can’t remember ever being thanked for my calling other than when I was called or released. I hadn’t really thought of it before.

    Comment by jjohnsen — February 3, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  13. Matt W.: After you get 150 responses, will you post separately about it or just include comments here?

    Comment by Hunter — February 4, 2010 @ 1:22 am

  14. I have 176 responses(looking for ~250). I am going to wait a few more days, then I’ll post results in a separate post.

    Comment by Matt W. — February 4, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  15. Growing an Engaged Church is a book by the Gallup organization and is based on these concepts. There is a similar questionnaire, but I can’t find it just now.

    Comment by ricke — February 4, 2010 @ 8:53 am

  16. Ricke- I’ll check it out..thanks.

    Comment by Matt W. — February 4, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  17. I teach the Gospel Doctrine class for my ward, so I get thanked nearly every week for just showing up.

    I also have a list I use of ideas to cover each week. One of them is asking the class how the concepts in the lesson help them with their person progress. When I get the blank stares, which I usually do, I come back with this thought. If a lesson isn’t helping with your person progress then what is the point?

    Comment by Bruce Crow — February 4, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  18. What Rico said.

    Comment by larryco_ — February 4, 2010 @ 11:13 am

  19. Really, the only time anyone is interested in your personal progress is when you are a YW…

    Comment by Bored in Vernal — February 4, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  20. Bruce #17 Thanks for that, I teach RS and have tried, not nearly so succinctly, to get that thought across for some time now, but maybe we’ll just go with your head-on approach next week!

    Comment by TA — February 4, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  21. How would we even measure “personal progress” in church? Can we really call it progress if it is completely immeasurable?

    (Unless progress is marked by moving up the leadership hierarchy — which it ain’t)

    Comment by Geoff J — February 4, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  22. #19 BiV, that’s not entirely my experience. For example, I had a ppi with a HP group leader last year that was intended to help me set personal goals. Coincidentally, I recently heard a woman complaining about her home teacher who tried to suggest she do the same. She felt he was intruding – and maybe he was.

    Comment by ricke — February 4, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  23. I found this survey enlightening to some extent. I had to answer no to several questions because I am not allowed to hold a calling because I openly stated “no” to the first three questions on the TR interview. AND even when I was known as a TBM I was rarely, if ever asked to do something that I felt really good at AND very interested in and dear to my heart. I always felt like what I had to offer no body wanted. This merely confirmed it.

    Comment by Gail Knickerbocker — February 4, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  24. Uh oh. Do you have your 250 yet Matt? As soon as we start getting commenters who say things like “even when I was known as a TBM” you know you are going to start getting skewed results…

    Comment by Geoff J — February 4, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  25. I think part of the reason I have felt valued and seen progress (or people who care about it) is because I am in a very small ward where you contribution is noticed and appreciated. Moreover, as long as you attend every week your likely to have a calling that is fairly meaningful.

    Comment by Rico — February 5, 2010 @ 6:01 am

  26. On question #13 “Do you have a best friend at church?” Does my wife count? She is the only close friend that I have in the church, unless you want to count Jesus and some close relatives in the spirit world.

    Comment by Forest Simmons — February 5, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

  27. I was thinking of Kristen J when I answered yes to the best friend question Forest. I don’t know why spouse would not count.

    Comment by Geoff J — February 5, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

  28. I agree with Geoff.

    I am closing the Survey at this time. Results will be posted soon.

    Comment by Matt W. — February 5, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

  29. Just filled out the survey with my 14 yr old daughter looking over my shoulder and answering the questions out loud. Surprisingly, we had similar answers, so count my survey twice if possible.

    Comment by rbc — February 5, 2010 @ 7:40 pm