Pastor Search Survey Results

Your Church Participation

 

1. How long have you been a member of Morningside Baptist Church? 

20 or more years        47%

10-19 years    26%

5-9 years       11%

2-4 years       8%

One year or less         4%

Not a member            4%

 

2. On average, during the past year, about how many times have you attended the following? 

Church Worship Service

Four times a month or more 73%

About two/three times a month 20%

About once a month 3%

Once/twice every three months 2%

About once or twice a year 0%

None 2%

 

Bible Fellowship

Four times a month or more 78%

About two/three times a month 15%

About once a month 0%

Once/twice every three months 3%

About once or twice a year 1%

None 3%

 

Prayer Meeting

Four times a month or more 6%

About two/three times a month 6%

About once a month 7%

Once/twice every three months 15%

About once or twice a year 21%

None 45%

 

Wednesday Evening Activities

Four times a month or more 22%

About two/three times a month 12%

About once a month 11%

Once/twice every three months 8%

About once or twice a year 18%

None 29%

 

3. Checking all that apply, indicate where you have served at MBC.

Worship Services (Participant) 60%

Children’s Religious Education 57%

Adult Religious Education 44%

Committees 39%

Social Activities 35%

Service Activities 33%

Musical/Drama Events 31%

Music Ministry 30%

Women’s Ministry 23%

Elder, Deacon, Trustee 23%

Student Ministry 22%

Men’s Ministry 19%

Worship Services (usher, greeter) 16%

Women’s Retreat 13%

Widow’s Ministry 10%

Student Religious Education 9%

Men’s Retreat 7%

College/Career Ministry 7%

Senior Adult Ministry 6%

Single’s Ministry 4%

Other (missions, office volunteer, VBS, Wed. night Bible study) 1%

 

4. Restricting your choices to no more than five, indicate why you attend Morningside.

Bible Fellowship/Sunday School 82%

Family/Friends 61%

Fellowship/Relationships/Community 52%

Worship 46%

Common Values 40%

Spiritual Growth 32%

Preaching 30%

Children’s Building/Programs 22%

Location 15%

Student Ministry 12%

Music Ministry/Choir 12%

Men’s Ministry 9%

Prayer Environment 7%

Minister 6%

Missions 6%

Women’s Ministry 4%

Campus/Setting 4%

Widow’s Ministry 4%

Service Activities 2%

Senior Adult Ministry 1%

Singles Ministry 1%

 

5. Checking all that apply, indicate which activities you have participated in during the last year.

Adult Religious Education 77%

Worship Services (participant) 60%

Children’s Religious Education 41%

Social Activities 33%

Men’s Ministry 30%

Women’s Ministry 28%

Service Activities 23%

Committees 21%

Student Ministry 17%

Elder, Deacon, Trustee 12%

Women’s Retreat 11%

Student Religious Education 10%

Music Ministry 8%

Worship Services (usher, greeter) 7%

Widow’s Ministry 7%

Musical/Drama Events 6%

College/Career Ministry 4%

Senior Adult Ministry 4%

Other (Packs of Grace, VIP, VBS, Wednesday Night Bible Study) 3% Men’s Retreat 2%

Single’s Ministry 1%

 

6. Please rate how often you engage in the following practices:

Private Devotional Activity

Daily 57%

Few Times a Week 31%

Once a Week 6%

Few Times a Month 5%

Seldom/Never 1%

 

Use of the Web at Home/Office

Daily 78%

Few Times a Week 10%

Once a Week 1%

Few Times a Month 1%

Seldom/Never 10%

 

Use of Email

Daily 77%

Few Times a Week 10%

Once a Week 2%

Few Times a Month 3%

Seldom/Never 8%

 

Use of Facebook

Daily 53%

Few Times a Week 8%

Once a Week 1%

Few Times a Month 2%

Seldom/Never 36%

 

Use of Religious Internet Sites

Daily 6%

Few Times a Week 21%

Once a Week 14%

Few Times a Month 23%

Seldom/Never 36%

 

Volunteer Time in Social Service

Daily 1%

Few Times a Week 9%

Once a Week 10%

Few Times a Month 34%

Seldom/Never 46%

 

Volunteer Time at Church

Daily 1%

Few Times a Week 20%

Once a Week 17%

Few Times a Month 36%

Seldom/Never 26%

 

7. Your prayer life can best be described as:

Daily 52%

Multiple Times a Day 36%

Weekly 8%

Whenever I Need Help 4%

Seldom 0%

 

8. Do you tithe?

Yes 87%

No 13%

 

9. How many persons or families have you invited to visit or join MBC in the past year?

Four or more 31%

Three 10%

Two 20%

One 19%

None 20%

 

Tasks of the Church

10. Indicate below how you feel Morningside handles the following church tasks:

 

Offering Worship that Provides a Meaningful Experience of God

Very Satisfied             33%

Generally Satisfied      45%

Needs More Emphasis        21%

Receives Too Much Emphasis            1%

 

Providing Worship that Expresses the Gospel in Many Varieties

Very Satisfied 27%

Generally Satisfied 50%

Needs More Emphasis 18%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 5%

 

Providing Christian Education Programs for Children & Students

Very Satisfied 51%

Generally Satisfied 31%

Needs More Emphasis 18%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Providing Christian Education Programs for Adults

Very Satisfied 45%

Generally Satisfied 39%

Needs More Emphasis 16%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Helping Members Deepen Personal, Spiritual Relations w/God

Very Satisfied 28%

Generally Satisfied 39%

Needs More Emphasis 33%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Sharing the Good News of the Gospel with the Unchurched

Very Satisfied 16%

Generally Satisfied 30%

Needs More Emphasis 54%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Engaging in Acts of Charity & Service to Persons in Need

Very Satisfied 22%

Generally Satisfied 38%

Needs More Emphasis 40%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Providing a Caring Ministry for the Sick, Shut-ins, Bereaved

Very Satisfied 18%

Generally Satisfied 36%

Needs More Emphasis 43%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 3%

 

Providing Fellowship Opportunities for Members

Very Satisfied 22%

Generally Satisfied 39%

Needs More Emphasis 39%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Supporting the Global Mission of the Church

Very Satisfied 30%

Generally Satisfied 50%

Needs More Emphasis 20%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

 

Wednesday Night Supper

Very Satisfied 9%

Generally Satisfied 31%

Needs More Emphasis 50%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 10%

 

Overall, which ONE task does our church do BEST?

Offering Worship that Provides a Meaningful Experience of God  21%

Providing Worship that Expresses the Gospel in Many Varieties    7%

Providing Christian Education Programs for Children & Students   26%

Providing Christian Education Programs for Adults 15%

Helping Members Deepen Personal, Spiritual Relations w/God    7%

Sharing the Good News of the Gospel with the Unchurched    6%

Engaging in Acts of Charity & Service to Persons in Need 1%

Providing a Caring Ministry for the Sick, Shut-ins, Bereaved 3%

Providing Fellowship Opportunities for Members  5%

Supporting the Global Mission of the Church 7%

Providing Wednesday Night Supper 2%

 

Overall, which ONE task does our church need to strengthen?

Offering Worship that Provides a Meaningful Experience of God   9%

Providing Worship that Expresses the Gospel in Many Varieties    5%

Providing Christian Education Programs for Children & Students   2%

Providing Christian Education Programs for Adults  2%

Helping Members Deepen Personal, Spiritual Relations w/God  18%

Sharing the Good News of the Gospel with the Unchurched  18%

Engaging in Acts of Charity & Service to Persons in Need 8%

Providing a Caring Ministry for the Sick, Shut-ins, Bereaved 16%

Providing Fellowship Opportunities for Members 13%

Supporting the Global Mission of the Church 1%

Providing Wednesday Night Supper 8%

 

11. If you had to select only one of these to focus on as a church, which of the following is more important to you?

Reaching out, as a church, directly to unchurched       6%

Discipleship within church; people reach out individually 23%

Both 71%

 

12. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following organizational issues?

Members are Well-Informed

Strongly Agree 7%

Agree 44%

Disagree 34%

Strongly Disagree 13%

Don’t Know 2%

 

Congregational Needs are Basis for Planning

Strongly Agree 3%

Agree 40%

Disagree 34%

Strongly Disagree 4%

Don’t Know 19%

 

Lay Leaders are Provided Training for Committee Assignments

Strongly Agree 5%

Agree 43%

Disagree 22%

Strongly Disagree 4%

Don’t Know 27%

 

Important Decisions are Usually Made with Open Discussions

Strongly Agree 8%

Agree 42%

Disagree 30%

Strongly Disagree 17%

Don’t Know 3%

 

Disagreements and Conflicts are Dealt-With Openly

Strongly Agree 1%

Agree 30%

Disagree 41%

Strongly Disagree 20%

Don’t Know 8%

 

It is Easy to Summarize how our Members Differ from Others

Strongly Agree 1%

Agree 32%

Disagree 52%

Strongly Disagree 6%

Don’t Know 9%

 

Members Help Each Other Out in Times of Trouble

Strongly Agree 27%

Agree 61%

Disagree 7%

Strongly Disagree 3%

Don’t Know 2%

 

Cooperative Programs are Highly Valued in our Church

Strongly Agree 10%

Agree 64%

Disagree 15%

Strongly Disagree 3%

Don’t Know 8%

 

The Current Morale of Our Church Membership is High

Strongly Agree 2%

Agree 39%

Disagree 43%

Strongly Disagree 13%

Don’t Know 3%

 

There is a Sense of Excitement About our Church’s Future

Strongly Agree 11%

Agree 58%

Disagree 24%

Strongly Disagree 4%

Don’t Know 3%

 

Worship

13. For you, personally, how important are each of the following in the mix of qualities that make a good Worship Service?

Providing Time for Members to Greet One Another

Very Satisfied             34%

Generally Satisfied      48%

Receives Too Much Emphasis            6%

Needs More Emphasis        12%

 

Providing Worship that is Emotionally Moving Very Satisfied 28%

Generally Satisfied 46%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 4%

Needs More Emphasis 22%

 

Providing Worship that is Intellectually Challenging

Very Satisfied 36%

Generally Satisfied 44%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 2%

Needs More Emphasis 18%

 

Attention Given to Sacraments (Baptism, Lord’s Supper)

Very Satisfied 54%

Generally Satisfied 34%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

Needs More Emphasis 12%

 

Music Style – Use of Traditional Hymns/Choruses

Very Satisfied 23%

Generally Satisfied 34%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 8%

Needs More Emphasis 35%

 

Music Style – Use of Contemporary Songs/Choruses

Very Satisfied 27%

Generally Satisfied 38%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 24%

Needs More Emphasis 11%

 

Providing Worship at Times Other than Sunday Morning

Very Satisfied 18%

Generally Satisfied 48%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 2%

Needs More Emphasis 32%

 

Providing More Time for Prayer

Very Satisfied 26%

Generally Satisfied 55%

Receives Too Much Emphasis 0%

Needs More Emphasis 19%

 

14. For you, personally, how important are each of the following in the mix of qualities that make a good sermon?

Sets forth clear faith position for decisions/faithful living

Essential 70%

Important 30%

Not Very Important 0%

 

Is Biblically based and illustrated

Essential 91%

Important 9%

Not Very Important 0%

 

Touches directly on my daily life

Essential 40%

Important 57%

Not Very Important 3%

 

Contains scholarly or literary illustrations

Essential 11%

Important 51%

Not Very Important 38%

 

Makes me reflect on issues beyond my personal life

Essential 36%

Important 57%

Not Very Important 7%

 

Is challenging and thought-provoking

Essential 51%

Important 47%

Not Very Important 2%

 

Is comforting and reassuring

Essential 26%

Important 51%

Not Very Important 23%

 

Is carefully composed and skillfully delivered

Essential 38%

Important 53%

Not Very Important 9%

 

Is spiritually moving and inspirational

Essential 62%

Important 38%

Not Very Important 0%

 

Frequent reference of scripture throughout sermon

Essential 68%

Important 32%

Not Very Important 0%

 

15. Please identify to what extent that you are satisfied with the following aspects of the MBC Worship Service.

Music (praise team, anthems, instruments)

Very Satisfied 22%

Satisfied 55%

Dissatisfied 17%

Very Dissatisfied 6%

 

The Worship Service, other than the music

Very Satisfied 33%

Satisfied 62%

Dissatisfied 4%

Very Dissatisfied 1%

 

The Way your Spiritual Needs are being Met

Very Satisfied 24%

Satisfied 66%

Dissatisfied 9%

Very Dissatisfied 1%

 

16. Indicate all changes that you feel need to be made in our current music style.

No changes; I like it as it is. 1%

Add an Adult Choir 46%

Add a Children’s Choir 38%

More Traditional Musical Elements 31%

More Contemporary Musical Elements 9%

A Well-Blended Traditional/Contemporary Style 75%

Incorporate Other Methods of Worship 34%

Other (Handbells, Special Music for Holidays) 13%

 

17. Which of the following do you prefer in sermons?

Focus on Everyday Life 12%

Focus on what Bible says; let Holy Spirit apply to life 13%

Both 75%

 

 

Pastor Traits

18. In your judgment, what should be the new Pastor’s top strength?

Administrator

Least Important         10%

Somewhat Important  12%

Important     36%

Highly Important       28%

Most Important         14%

Counselor

Least Important         6%

Somewhat Important  8%

Important     24%

Highly Important 33%

Most Important 29%

 

Evangelist

Least Important 6%

Somewhat Important 10%

Important 17%

Highly Important 35%

Most Important 32%

 

Leadership

Least Important 6%

Somewhat Important 3%

Important 4%

Highly Important 16%

Most Important 71%

 

Preacher

Least Important 6%

Somewhat Important 1%

Important 5%

Highly Important 19%

Most Important 69%

 

Relationships

Least Important 6%

Somewhat Important 6%

Important 12%

Highly Important 32%

Most Important 44%

 

Shepherd

Least Important 5%

Somewhat Important 3%

Important 5%

Highly Important 30%

Most Important 57%

 

Teacher

Least Important 5%

Somewhat Important 4%

Important 11%

Highly Important 37%

Most Important 43%

 

Visionary

Least Important 6%

Somewhat important 6%

Important 20%

Highly Important 35%

Most Important 33%

 

19. Indicate all that apply from the following elements of preaching styles that effectively communicate God’s Word to you?

Logical, detailed, point-by-point 59%

Textual (Scripture text provides meaning) 62%

Sermon Series (multiple weeks on a topic) 36%

Bible Book (multiple weeks on book of Bible) 40%

Narrative (stories to illustrate points) 56%

Personal, relational, engaging 71%

 

20. Which trait below best describes the kind of Pastor you would most like to have?

A Great Leader 19%

A Person with a Great Heart 25%

A Great Teacher 10%

A Great Preacher 28%

A Great Evangelist 10%

A Great Motivator 8%

 

21. I prefer that the Senior Pastor hold this view of the Bible:

Bible is complete, inerrant Word of God 89%

God is speaker; human writers wrote what He said 8%

Human authors inspired to some degree by God 1%

Bible is not considered as inspired by God 1%

Pastor’s view of biblical inspiration not important 1%

 

22. Would it be beneficial for the Pastor to teach on controversial social issues, such as abortion, homosexuality, etc.?

Yes 78%

No 22%

 

 

Your Background

23. Gender? 

Male             44%

Female          56%

 

24. Age?

70+  20%

60-69           31%

50-59           13%

35-49           23%

26-34           8%

18-25           1%

13-17           2%

Under 12      2%

 

25. Marital Status?

Married 79%

Widowed 6%

Single, never married 7%

Separated or Divorced 5%

Not Applicable (child/student) 3%

 

26. Number of Children Living at Home:

None 29%

Age 0-3 18%

Age 4-6 13%

Age 7-12 16%

Age 13-18 15%

Age 19+ 9%

 

27. Are you?

Employed Full Time 46%

Employed Part Time 10%

Full-Time “House Person” 8%

Retired 31%

Not Currently Employed 1%

Student 4%

 

28. If currently employed, presently job-hunting, or retired, what was/is your occupation?

Service Worker (police, barber, janitor, beautician, waiter, etc.) 4%

Clerical Worker (bookkeeper, secretary, mail carrier, etc.) 8%

Operative or Laborer (construction, manufacturing, etc.) 1%

Tradesperson (carpenter, mason, plumber, electrician, etc.) 4%

Sales Worker (insurance, real estate, brokers, salespersons) 7%

Proprietor, Manager, or Public Official (city manager, credit officer, buyer, manager) 1%

Professional (technical, teacher, doctor, computer programmer, architect, accountant, lawyer, etc.) 55%

Other (Self-employed; Executive; Consultant; Transportation; Social Worker; Civil Service; Military; Full-Time Student) 20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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