Sacramento Japanese UMC Assessment for Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church

Welcome to the Growing Young Assessment for Sacramento Japanese UMC.

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...

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

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

…empowers young leaders to take on challenges.

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

…makes serving those in need a high priority.

…feels like a family.

…preaches about the everyday implications of the gospel.

…actively addresses injustices in our society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…has experienced leaders who are training younger leaders.

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

…asks young people to participate in making important decisions.

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

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

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

…includes young people in all appropriate areas of ministry.

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

…actively seeks out young people to take on responsibilities.

…trusts young people with leadership responsibilities.

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

…has a thoughtful approach in our ministry to teenagers.

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

…supports creative ideas and initiatives suggested by young people.

…invests sufficient resources in programming for young people.

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

…has key leaders who want changes to happen now.

…makes young people a primary focus.

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

…helps people of all ages feel like they belong.

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

…encourages people to share their faith with others.

…partners with the local community in significant ways.

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

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

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

…makes visitors feel welcome.

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

…invites young people to serve in key ministry roles.

…helps people apply Scripture to their everyday lives.

…consists of adults who are investing in young people.

…actively responds to global crises.

…has young people whose involvement makes our church better.

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

…makes people feel accepted.

…integrates newcomers well.

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

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

…is hospitable.

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

…has many people who want changes to happen now.

…supports families well.

…is a community I trust.

…makes faith relevant to people’s daily lives.

…has healthy conversations about generational differences.

…challenges people to grow in their faith.

…provides ongoing care to people living in other countries.

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

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

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 Sacramento Japanese UMC. Your results have been recorded and will help us gain a deeper understanding of our church’s culture.