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Teacher Training and Survey

Children's Ministry Magazine

Meet with your teaching staff to get the most out of this article.

1. Before the Meeting -- Two weeks before this meeting, photocopy a "Parent Survey" for each child in your program. Give the surveys to teachers to give to parents as they drop off their children. Have teachers request that parents complete the surveys and return them at the end of the hour to a central collection place such as the church office. Tally individual class results to help you know how to train specific teachers. Tally the overall results to bring to the meeting.

2. Yes or No -- As teachers arrive, give them each a photocopy of this article. Begin the meeting by asking God to help you discern whether you're meeting parents' needs-and how to do that better.

Read aloud each question in the "Taking a Closer Look" section. Together answer each question. Then report how parents answered overall.

3. Team Attack -- Form teams of no more than four to tackle areas of improvement. Equally divide areas of need and assign them to groups so each area is covered. Then have groups think of ways to improve their areas. Have groups refer to "Programming That'll Make Parents Happy" for ideas. Ask for written reports at the end of the meeting so you can lead your staff in implementing changes.

PARENT SURVEY

Take the guesswork out of meeting parents' needs. Give this survey to parents to discover if you're actually meeting their needs.

SURVEY

Parent:
fill out 1 form
for each child &
return to:


Your name:
Child's name and age:
Your child's teacher:

 

Circle True or False:

1.

I am convinced that the children's ministry in our church is committed to children.

True False
2. It's obvious that our senior pastor loves children. True False
3. I'm happy with the age grouping of children in my child's class. True False
4. My child's class is more than just baby-sitting. True False
5. My child's teacher understands and is sensitive to my child's learning style. True False
6. Children's ministry activities do not conflict with our family activities. True False
7. The children's ministry program equips me to be a better parent. True False
8. I feel that my child is safe in the children's ministry. True False
9. My child's teacher seems to genuinely love teaching children. True False
10. My child is excited about the Bible because of the way its content is presented in class. True False
11. My child is learning basic biblical content in class. True False
12. I can tell that my child is applying biblical principles to his or her life. True False
13. I believe that my child's teacher knows more about my child than just his or her name. True False
14. My child's teacher lets me know what my child is learning in class. True False
15. My child's teacher gives me insight into my child's spiritual life. True False
16. The children's ministry coordinator communicates regularly and effectively with me. True False
17. My favorite thing about our children's ministry is:


True False
18. One thing I'd change about our children's ministry is:


True False

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