Conducting a Church Missional Survey – Part 2 – Small Groups

Small Group Church Survey This is our second survey on the missional nature of our church (read the first one about Sunday service & individuals) and we wanted to examine how missional our small groups are and the people who attend.  We sent out a request to people in our church to fill out a 10 question survey asking them about the small groups teaching, community and missional aspect.  We want to (1) learn what people felt about the missional nature of these small groups, (2) their response to the teaching and group accountability and (3) see what suggestions and recommendations that had to make them more missional.  

Here are some observations: 

1. Accountability is a tricky thing in small groups.  At Kaleo, small groups are open to anyone.  With new people showing up, the groups growing larger and the changing environment, many people struggled having an environment of accountability. (To remedy this we created Gospel Christianity discipleship/accountability groups and limited the size to 3 people who meet regularly.  Many people in our church have been very blessed by this environment.)

2. Being Missional doesn't always happen spontaneously.  Many of the responses to  How well do you feel your home group is preparing you to be on mission? requested more specific, creative tangible ways to be on mission.  Simple suggestions like having dinners together to invite others to, having one night a month be social only for visitors, adopting a mercy ministry and inviting other to serve.

3. It is challenging to teach a range of Christians.  Some people felt like the teaching would go over their heads.  Others wanted to ask more deep theological questions.

4. People do not attend a small group to be on mission.  Most people are looking for teaching and community, being missional was not a reason people cited as why they attend a small group. 

RESULTS: If you'd like to see the rest of the results, I've attached a pdf summary of our Small Group Missional Survey.   Again, this does not include the pages of comments we got that were quite helpful.

HOW-TO:  If you'd like to do a similar survey, here is the online form & questions we used to conduct the Small Group Mission Survey Form.  We used Wufoo to build our forms

  • Mike Edwards

    February 16, 2007, 5:40 am


    What are your thoughts on the addition of the smaller discipleship type gathering, in addition to the small groups and congregational gathering. How do you see that helping/furthering the mission in terms of keeping people moving outward and not just being satisfied with their church activities?


  • Bryan Zug

    February 16, 2007, 7:13 am

    Good stuff drew — thanks for the post.

  • Chuck Land

    February 16, 2007, 7:42 am


    Do you have any materials on these Gospel Christanity groups? They sound awesome.

  • D. Goodmanson

    February 16, 2007, 7:49 am

    Mike – The small groups going through gospel Christianity are primarily aimed an helping people be more in line with the gospel and converting people to be on mission. The materials aren’t so much dedicated to being on mission as it is that people who understand the gospel, will be on mission and be more humble yet courageous. The gospel has a forward progress that, as you are changed by it, you will not be satisfied with just ‘church activities’. We have seen many people converted to be on mission as we’ve used these and preached through Galatians.


  • mike gunn

    February 16, 2007, 5:14 pm

    Thanks Drew! Good stuff!