When I was interviewing for the church that brought me down to Texas, they sent me a list of questions to answer. It was an incredible survey that did two things. For one, it asked me the right questions to better communicate who I was and what my vision/mission/strategy was for Children’s Ministry. On the other side, it gave those asking the questions a good thorough look into who I was.

Recently, as I was in the hiring process, I used this survey to get more information about a candidate I was interviewing. All I can say is amazing! I learned more about this person than I would have in several hours in conversations. As a result of the survery, I was able to conduct an interview that followed up on answers from the survey.

So, if you’re looking to hire someone in ministry, this survey may serve you well. If you’re seeking employment in Children’s Ministry, take the time to respond to the survey. It may help prepare you for interviews and formulate way’s you will communicate your history/vision/mission/strategy.

Children’s Ministry Survey

Rank these areas of ministry (1-10) with number 1 being you don’t like it and 10 being you like it a lot. In addition, fill free to add a comments to explain.

  • Speaking or Teaching in front of kids
  • Developing children’s leaders
  • One-on-one time with kids
  • Connecting with parents
  • Counseling parents
  • Team leadership (delegating, managing, motivating, spiritually leading, etc…)
  • Goal planning and achievement
  • Process building: putting a dept together from the bottom up
  • Creative planning
  • Technology, using computers for productivity
  • Planning and executing events
  • Writing curriculum
  • Studying what other churches are doing
  • Administrative organization, planning and follow-up
  • Discipleship of kids
  • Parent involvement
  • Teaching other children’s leaders or pastors
  • Ability to start things from the ground up
  • Technical
  • Strategy meetings (creative: what to do)
  • Planning meetings (detail: how to do it)

Would you like an evaluation team for your ministry?

What would you evaluate?

How do you interface with the community other than through events?

Describe or discuss how you build teams, lead people, confront, cast vision, etc. – your personal philosophy or approach to leading people!

What are your favorite ministry accomplishments?

What would the children in your ministry say they like about you?

How do you see yourself? Rate 1 the least like and 10 the most like.

  • Fun
  • Serious
  • Strict
  • Intense
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized

What is your personality style (whatever test you know the results of and/or list your personality qualities like analytical, creative, outgoing, detailed, etc.)?

What is your process for assimilation? (children into the children’s ministry and their parents into the church).

Describe how you involve parents in the children’s ministry.

What is your approach to goal planning and achievement?

What are your hobbies, sport or favorite thing to do?

How do you handle disgruntled church members and overall grumbling?

Would all your references say that you are loyal?

Do you consider yourself to be flexible?

Are you a supportive team player?

What would past authority figures (bosses, pastors, key leaders) say are your weaknesses?

What have been your biggest frustrations or hurdles in ministry?