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CONGREGATION SURVEY

About Grace UMC The Heights

  • Your Mission Statement:
               Be Bold.  Love God.  Serve Others.

  • Your Vision Statement:
                Investing in Family, engaging in Community.

 
Introduction
 
Your church leadership has identified the potential need for facilities upgrades, and has decided to enter into a “strategic facilities planning” effort.  This will map out a long term strategy for addressing facilities needs, and identify the “next step” to take on this longer term path.  To this end, Turner Duran Architects has been engaged to assist.  Your assistance is also needed in this effort, thus we’d like to tell you something about the process we will follow, and your role in it.

A strategic facilities plan is a specific step in the process of how a church understands itself and its mission, and how it intends to fulfill that mission.  After your vision and mission are communicated to us, the physical requirements (buildings, etc.) that enable and support the mission are then identified in a “program statement.”  A strategy to put this program into action thus becomes the facilities plan, or as it’s more commonly called, the “master plan.”  The final step in this overall process may become the implementation of an actual “project.” 

Although the end product of this process may eventually be a building, the real purpose is to help build your community.  Thus, the real goal of this process is to help your congregation come together in a shared effort.

The “master planning” effort is undertaken in two basic stages:

  • Program:  here we confirm our understanding of your congregation, assess how your existing facilities aid or hinder you now and potentially in the future.  We then develop a statement of the facilities that will enable and energize your mission in the next decade.
  • Plan:  here we will explore the “match” between what you have now, in terms of property, buildings, etc., and the ideal as represented in the program statement.  After some explorations, we will devise an effective master plan that meets the longer term goals, and then delineate the phases intended to make your goals achievable.

Your role in the master planning endeavor is to provide involvement and input. As the initial step, we have devised the following congregation survey. We will use this survey to guide us in developing a facilities development plan to express your church’s needs and aspirations. With input from you as well as your church committees and leadership, we look forward to presenting a master plan that will embody your community’s faith, traditions, and love of God.

This congregation survey will be conducted in conjunction with, and complementary to, discussions with persons representing the various ministries, staff, and activities.  In these discussion groups, certain facilities issues will be explored in more detail.  In this way we will gain a more complete understanding of your needs.

The results of this survey will be presented to your congregation, as will the plans that we develop to respond to the survey.

Please note that anyone in your household who is at least 18 years of age may participate in this survey.

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* 1. You have seen the mission and vision statements for your your congregation.  Would you say that, in general, the existing facilities available to your church help, have no effect, or hinder you in effecting your mission?   Please check only one:

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* 2. To help us understand your view of your congregation’s future, would you say that you are presently in a stage of (please check only one):

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* 3. Now please state which of the following stages you think your congregation should be in (please check only one):

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* 4. If your congregation were a piece of music, which of the following would you most want it to be?  Please select only one.

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* 5. If your congregation were a building, which of the following would you most want it to be? Please select only one.

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* 6. In any new structures that might be constructed at your church, would you prefer to maintain the architectural “theme” of the existing buildings, or do you wish to see something new?

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* 7. How would you assess the quality of your existing worship space with respect to each of the following characteristics?  Please check only one box on each line.

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
Acoustics for music
Acoustics for speech
Natural daylight
Lighting level
Audio/visual systems
Visually uplifting appeal
Communion flow
Gathering space (lobby or narthex)
Other

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* 8. The existing church sanctuary holds about 200 persons, maximum.  What would you estimate is the average attendance at the worship service that you attend?

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* 9. The Heights is a revitalizing area.  Given this, how big should your church sanctuary be in about 7 years from now?

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* 10. In general, what is the sufficiency of the following components of your facilities at this time?  By “sufficient,” it is meant that the particular facility is available on campus, and is in a condition good enough to make it functional.  Please check only one box on each line.

  Sufficient Not Sufficient Not Sure or No Opinion
Sunday parking
Weekday parking
Traffic flow
Covered drop-off in bad weather
Handicap accessibility
Wayfinding (ease of finding way around)
Exterior lighting levels & quality
Landscaping, gardens & green spaces
Signage
Condition of pavements and sidewalks
Outdoor recreation facilities (playground)
Street prominence
Welcome center or main lobby/entry
Administrative offices
Youth facilities
Meeting spaces
Indoor recreation facilities
Classroom spaces
Fellowship spaces
Music or choir facilities
Outreach ministries facilities
Security & safety
Curb appeal
Child care or nursery facilities
Other

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* 11. What is the single best physical “asset” among the existing facilities at your church?  For example, beautiful landscaping, quality of worship space, stained glass, Sunday school building, etc.  Please cite only one, or leave blank if you feel there is none.

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* 12. What is the single most glaring “deficiency” among the existing facilities at your church at this time?  Please cite only one, or leave blank if you feel there is none.

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* 13. Are there any existing structures, facilities, elements, etc. that are “sacred” and should therefore be preserved and/or maintained in their present state?

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* 14. Please indicate the types of activities that should occur in your church’s facilities (whether or not they occur there now).  Consider a five year time horizon, i.e., you should check the activity if it is needed now or within the next five years (Check if Needed):

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* 15. Please indicate your age group.  Please check only one.

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* 16. Please indicate the number of at-home adult family members living in your residence.  Please check only one.

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* 17. Please indicate the number of at-home children family members (younger than 18 years old) living in your residence.  Please check only one.

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* 18. Please share any other thoughts, ideas or concerns you have that could affect the master plan:

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