Congregational Survey
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about yourself and your experience of our congregation! Surveys can help break down assumptions and help reveal what is. This survey is one opportunity for you to share your perspective and give input about what is needed for the greater good of our congregation. The survey will help us understand ourselves better and also help our congregational leadership and our future minister understand our congregation better.

Answers to these questions will help guide the Ministerial Search Committee, inform the search for a settled minister, and enrich the narrative that we share with ministerial candidates.

The survey is detailed and it asks many questions. The Ministerial Search Committee really cares about your answers. Please get comfortable, pour yourself a beverage, and settle in. This is a thorough investigation, for sure! We estimate the survey will take 15-20 minutes to fill out.

The raw data will be kept confidential. If a question makes you feel uncomfortable or too vulnerable, please skip it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact: Kaed Croxford at <cadburrykaed@gmail.com>
Please be as honest as possible. Our leadership is ready to hear what you have to say. A summary and analysis will be reported out to the congregation.
What is your favorite thing about our congregation?
Your answer
What do you perceive the top three functions of our congregation to be?
Your answer
What do you perceive the top three functions of our minister to be?
Your answer
Balcony View
Below are listed ministries and programs of SVUUS. We want to know how these affect your life as a person of faith.
On average how often did you participate in the following activities during the last year? Check all that apply.
Weekly
Monthly
2-3 times a year
Yearly
Never
Adult Religious Education (Wellspring Wednesdays)
Children's Religious Exploration
Sunday Morning Worship Service
OWL (Our Whole Lives, age-appropriate human sexuality curriculum)
Choir
District, Regional, or General Assembly
Group Spiritual Practice and Programs (for example CUUPS, Meditation Group, Evensong, etc.)
Youth Ministry
Intergenerational Activities (for example mystery pals, annual picnic soccer game and intergenerational services.)
Young Adult Religious Education
Other Regional Offerings (workshop, webinar, learning circles)
Fundraising (pledge drive, auction, yard sale)
Small Group Activities (for example, book club, Women’s Group)
Sunday Volunteer (association, sound tech support, greeter, Welcome Center, Hospitality, Happenings Hub, etc.)
Caring Circle
Racial Justice Program (Black Lives Matter, Adopt a native elder)
Governance (Board Meetings, Congregational Meetings)
Church Committees & Committee Work Social Justice Activity or Event
Religious Transitions Group
Other:
Please Specify Other
Your answer
Impact
Think about the programs, ministries, and activities that you listed above.
Name one or two programs, ministries, and activities that best describe the following questions:
Where are our Unitarian Universalist values and principles most put into practice?
Your answer
Which inspires you to stretch and grow?
Your answer
Which gives you the deepest sense of belonging?
Your answer
Where have you most experienced transcendence, awe, wonder, or a sense of meaningful connection to something bigger?
Your answer
Which gives you the most opportunity for meaningful engagement?
Your answer
Please Mark One Oval
This congregation is generally open to change
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
This congregation has a flexible enough structure to implement new ideas easily.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
This congregation focuses on mission and the greater good, rather than the strong preference of some individuals.
Strongly Agree
Srongly Disagree
I have concerns about our congregation's financial sustainability.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
There is a high level of trust in leadership in this congregation.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
We have a core group of leaders able to lead change in a non-anxious way.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
We do a good job of having difficult conversations and staying in relationship.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
Our mission and ministry continue to adapt to changing conditions in the world.
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
Expectations of our next Settled Minister & Vision for our Congregation
Consider the following roles of our future minister and their importance in different contexts. In the first column, mark 5 roles that are most important to you. In the second column, mark 5 roles that are most important for the good of the whole congregation. In the third column, mark 5 roles that will make the biggest impact on the next generation.
most important to you
most important for the good of the whole congregation
biggest impact on the next generation
Leading the overall ministry of our congregation
Presenting inspiring and challenging Sunday services
Pastoral Role - provides pastoral care, and, by example shows us how to care for one another.
Prophetic Role - helps us imagine our future and inspire us
Encouraging social justice programs and engagement
Developing volunteers and lay leaders
Fostering a sense of community
Supervising the church staff
Providing visible leadership in the local community
Supporting families and multi-generational ministries
Teaching classes and leading workshops
If you didn't agree with something the minister said or did would you...
It could become contentious if the new minister tried to change:
Your answer
It could be unifying and energizing if the new minister tried to change:
Your answer
For your life in Utah, is there anything about SVUUS that is especially important to you?
Your answer
Demographics
What is your age?
With which racial or ethnic identity do you most identify? Please check all that apply. Check all that apply.
Do you consider yourself part of a multiracial family?
With which gender identity do you most identify? Please check all that apply Check all that apply.
What is your sexual orientation?
What is your relationship status?
How many children under the age of 18 are there in your family? If other adult family members are filling out a form, too, please choose one family member to count the children.
If you have children under the age of 18 in your family, please check all that apply. Again, if other adult family members are filling out a form, too, please choose one family member to answer this question. Check all that apply.
If you have children under the age of 18 in your family, how many are currently participating in the Religious Education program at SVUUS? Again, if other adult family members are filling out a form, too, please choose one family member to answer this question.
What is the highest level of formal education you have completed?
What is your current employment status? Check all that apply
Which of the following income categories best describes your total annual household income? If other family members are answering the survey please choose one person to answer.
What is your current household annual giving pledge, whether you pledge as individuals or as a family? If other family members are answering the survey please choose one person to answer.
What do you take into consideration when deciding an amount to give?
Your answer
When was the last time you increased your giving to SVUUS?
What inspired an increase (or decrease) in giving?
Your answer
On average, how long does it take you to travel to SVUUS from your home?
What is your relationship to SVUUS?
How long have you attended South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society?
Besides this congregation, are you a member of another congregation? Please check all that apply.
What is your faith background?
Please describe your faith background and the faith traditions that are, or have been, important to you throughout your life.
Your answer
How many years have you been a Unitarian Universalist?
How would you rate your spiritual life?
Spirituality is not important to me at all
Spirituality is integrated into all I do
Do you have a regular spiritual practice?
In what ways is this congregation welcoming to you?
Your answer
In what ways is this congregation NOT welcoming to any aspect of your identity?
Your answer
Conclusion
What brought you to SVUUS?
Your answer
What keeps you here?
Your answer
Why should our future minister consider joining the next chapter of our journey?
Your answer
Thank you!
Again your Ministerial Search Committee and Board thank you for taking the time to tell us about yourself and your experience of our congregation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any member of the Ministerial Search Committee.
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