First Presbyterian Church of Normal Assessment for First Presbyterian Church of Normal

Welcome to the Growing Young Assessment for First Presbyterian Church of Normal in Normal, Illinois.

Before you begin, please thoroughly read the instructions on the next page so that you are able to answer the questions accurately. 

Thank you for participating in this assessment. 

We anticipate this will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and we request you complete it at one time.

Growing Young Assessment Instructions

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You are about to complete an assessment of your congregation. Your responses will be kept completely confidential and will be combined with the responses of others from your church for a final report.

Please rate your church as honestly as possible based on your experience of your church as it is now (not your church’s past or what you think your church could be). Since no church is perfect, it’s normal to give a wide range of answers.

Definitions

For the purposes of this assessment, please keep the following definitions in mind:


  • Young people: Any people ages 15-29.
  • Adults: Any people age 30 or older.

We recognize that our language may not reflect all traditions. So in the following questions, where we use the term “church,” please mentally insert congregation, parish, gathered fellowship, community of faith, etc., as appropriate to your context.

Rating Scale

After each statement, please rate on a scale of 1-5 how true this statement is of your church overall.

Even if particular ministries or areas of your church would receive different ratings, please consider your church as a whole. One way to do this would be to mentally average their scores. (For example, if one area of your church would receive a 5, but another area would receive a 3, please mark 4 as your response.)


  • 1 = not at all true
  • 2 = slightly true
  • 3 = moderately true
  • 4 = very true
  • 5 = completely true

Please keep in mind “Young people” refers to any people ages 15-29.

How true are the following statements of your church?
Our church...

…has a reputation as a caring neighbor in our community.

…has preaching that is relevant to people’s daily lives.

…trusts young people with leadership responsibilities.

…helps people of all ages feel like they belong.

…encourages people to share their faith with others.

…includes young people in all appropriate areas of ministry.

…preaches about the everyday implications of the gospel.

…is open to making changes to strengthen our ministry with young people.

…recognizes the problems young people face in their day-to-day lives.

…teaches people to trust Jesus even when it might cost them something.

…makes young people a primary focus.

…actively cares for people in our neighborhood, including those who aren’t part of our church.

How true are the following statements of your church?
Our church...

…actively seeks out young people to take on responsibilities.

…has young people whose involvement makes our church better.

…is a community I trust.

…equips young people with the skills they need to lead ministries.

…makes visitors feel welcome.

…makes serving those in need a high priority.

…asks young people to participate in making important decisions.

…has key leaders who want changes to happen now.

…has enough volunteers or staff members who minister to young people.

…invites young people to serve in key ministry roles.

…makes faith relevant to people’s daily lives.

…supports families well.

How true are the following statements of your church?
Our church...

…is sensitive to the needs of different age groups in our church.

…spends a generous amount of our financial resources caring for those outside of our congregation.

…trains people to engage regularly in spiritual practices (e.g., prayer, reading the Bible).

…actively addresses injustices in our society.

…has people who stay because of the strong sense of community.

…is hospitable.

…allocates a significant proportion of our budget to young people.

…actively responds to global crises.

…has a thoughtful approach in our ministry to people in their 20’s.

…shares stories of people or events from the global community.

…supports creative ideas and initiatives suggested by young people.

…provides ongoing care to people living in other countries.

How true are the following statements of your church?
Our church...

…values young people’s presence in our main worship gatherings.

…integrates newcomers well.

…feels like a family.

…has experienced leaders who are training younger leaders.

…has many people who are willing to contribute to making changes.

…helps people understand their place in God’s story.

…invests sufficient resources in programming for young people.

…helps people see how their daily actions are part of God’s story.

…is a place where people feel safe sharing their story.

…helps people apply Scripture to their everyday lives.

…must make significant changes to strengthen our ministry with young people.

…challenges people to grow in their faith.

How true are the following statements of your church?
Our church...

…has healthy conversations about generational differences.

…has many people who want changes to happen now.

…partners with the local community in significant ways.

…empowers young leaders to take on challenges.

…makes efforts to put itself “in the shoes” of young people.

…has a thoughtful approach in our ministry to teenagers.

…makes people feel accepted.

…would be missed by the local community if we left.

…consists of adults who are investing in young people.

…encourages people to live out their faith in their daily actions.

…is made up of adults who go out of their way to better understand young people’s perspectives.

…has key leaders who are willing to make changes when necessary.

Demographic Questions

Before finishing the assessment, please tell us a few things about yourself. While your results will remain confidential, this information will allow for additional analyses to help your church.

1. Please specify your gender.

3. Please specify your ethnicity (check all that apply).

4. Which of the following best describes the area you live in?

5. Which of the following best describes your role in your church?

Your results have been recorded.

Assessment Complete

Thank you for taking the assessment for First Presbyterian Church of Normal in Normal. Your results have been recorded and will help us gain a deeper understanding of our church’s culture.