Science for Youth Ministry

SYM Youth Leader Initial Survey Results

Q1 – Are you paid to do youth ministry?

  • Yes, I am Paid 77.04%
  • No, I am a Volunteer 22.96%

Q2 –¬†What is your age?

  • 18-24 6.33%
  • 25 to 34 43.93%
  • 35 to 44 24.14%
  • 45 to 54 16.23%
  • 55 to 64 7.65%
  • 65 to 74 1.72%
  • 75 and over 0.00%

Q3 – What is the highest level of education you have completed?

  • Some high school .13%
  • Graduated High School 1.45%
  • Some College 8.84%
  • Graduated from College 25.99%
  • Some Graduate School 15.70%
  • Completed Graduate School 47.89%

Q4 – What is your gender?

  • Female 42.86%
  • Male 57.14%

Q5 – How long have you been involved in youth ministry leadership?

  • Less than 1 year 3.56%
  • 1 – 4 years 19.26%
  • 5 – 9 years 27.70%
  • 10 years or more 49.47%

Q6 – For what kind of organization do you currently do your primary youth ministry work?

  • Local Church 89.97%
  • Denominational Office 3.69%
  • Para-church Ministry 2.37%
  • Non-profit Organization 3.96%

Q7 – In what state or U.S. territory do you live?

Breakdown of survey participants by state or territory location on map

Q8 – What Christian tradition is your youth ministry affiliated with?

  • No Affiliation 12.27%
  • Adventist .48%
  • Anglican/Episcopal 3.96%
  • Apostolic / New Apostolic 0.00%
  • Baptist 5.94%
  • Brethren .66%
  • Catholic 9.63%
  • Evangelical Covenant .40%
  • Friends (Quakers) .13%
  • Latter Day Saints 0.00%
  • Mennonite 0.79%
  • Methodist / Wesleyan 14.78%
  • Orthodox / Eastern Christian 0.00%
  • Pentecostal / Charismatic 2.11%
  • Presbyterian / Reformed 14.78%
  • Stone-Campbell (Restoration Movement) 3.56%
  • Unitarian-Universalist 0.00%
  • United Church of Christ 4.22%

Q9 – What is the average weekly attendance at your youth group?

  • 1 – 9 20.18%
  • 10 – 19 29.42%
  • 20 – 49 29.55%
  • 50 – 99 13.06%
  • 100 + 7.78%

Q10 – What educational background do you have in science?

  • I took the required science classes in school 58.71%
  • I took more than the minimum number of science classes, but did not major or minor in a field of science 30.74%
  • I minored in a field of natural science in college 3.03%
  • I majored in a field of natural science in college 6.33%
  • I have a graduate degree in a field of natural science. 1.19%

Q11 – Please rank each of the follow statements?

Science for Youth Ministry Survey Question

Q12 – How interested are you in science?

  • Very Interested 28.20%
  • Interested 41.01%
  • Neutral 20.98%
  • Not Interested 8.56%
  • Not Interested at All 1.23%

Q13 – How often do you read an article or blog post about science?

  • Daily 10.76%
  • Weekly 43.19%
  • Monthly 30.25%
  • Almost Never 15.80%

Q14 – On average, how often do you have a conversation with a student in your ministry about science?

  • Weekly 13.18%
  • Monthly 58.02%
  • Almost Never 28.80%

Q15 – In a year, how many times do you teach a lesson on science in your youth ministry?

  • I don’t teach about science. 32.23%
  • Once per year 25.79%
  • Two or three times per year 28.65%
  • Four times or more per year 13.32%

Q16 – How confident do you feel teaching about science in your youth ministry?

  • Very Confident 16.19%
  • Confident 34.67%
  • Neutral 27.08%
  • Not Confident 15.19%
  • Not Confident At All 6.88%

Q17 – If you teach about science in your youth ministry, what resources do you use?

  • I prepare my own lesson 81.88%
  • I use a denominational resource 18.29%
  • I use other published curriculum 31.44%

Q18 – How satisfied are you with the published youth ministry resources on science and religion?

  • Very Satisfied 1.72%
  • Satisfied 5.48%
  • Neutral 32.39%
  • Not Satisfied 33.96%
  • Not Satisfied At All 26.45%

Q20 – Have you ever had a scientist as a guest speaker in your youth ministry?

  • Yes 24.07%
  • No 75.93%