Project Transformation Site Church Questionnaire
Please answer these questions on a separate Word document (.doc/.docx) or PDF file.
1. What are the name and boundaries of the immediate neighborhood your church serves and within which it is located? Include a map, if available.
2. What are the demographics, poverty levels, and major life concerns of the immediate community surrounding your church (you can get some of this information by filling out the form on https://riotexas.org/missioninsite)?
3. As you look at your surrounding neighborhood(s), what assets are evident? (ex. physical spaces like parks or meaningful places, skills of neighbors, local businesses and buying power/needs, partners in other churches or organizations, area institutions like hospitals or schools)
4. If you lived at your church, what elementary, middle and high school would you attend? (You may want to consider all the schools in the feeder pattern to your high school) Please provide a list of those schools and the percentage of students from those elementary schools who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Attach any additional documentation that demonstrates economic need within the community.
5. Please describe your current relationship with the schools mentioned above as well as any others (ie charter or private) in your immediate community?
6. Share some ways your church has made an effort to connect with the community.
7. How many children and youth do you foresee participating in Project Transformation’s summer program?
8. Project Transformation’s model is able to grow into middle and high school programming, as well as, after school programming. Are these something your congregation envisions being needed in your neighborhood?
9. Do you have a long-range plan for how your church and neighborhood could benefit from Project Transformation? For example, in what ways would your church be able to continue the ministry with the children and families of Project Transformation at the end of the summer program? How could your congregation engage with the families during and after the summer program?
10. Share how the pastor and congregation members would become involved with Project Transformation (i.e., being present to connect with neighbors at family engagement activities, commit to having lunch weekly with the children and interns, volunteer to read with a child on a weekly basis, provide a meal for the team of interns, provide a host each day to greet the families and/or volunteers, etc.).
11. The mission of the Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” ¶120 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2012. Copyright 2012 by The United Methodist Publishing House. How would a child, parent, or youth you build a relationship with through Project Transformation pursue becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ at your church?
12. Site pastors and/or church staff supervisors are expected to meet regularly with the team of interns during the summer (weekly with the site coordinator and every other week with the full team of interns) to provide encouragement and support and to keep open lines of communication with the team. Who from your church will commit to meeting regularly with the interns and site coordinator?
13. Project Transformation requires a financial commitment from the site church to ensure this is a partnership and relationship. This includes a contribution of at least the Partner church level ($3500) as well as covering other space use costs and some material costs. What contribution has your church made in the past to Project Transformation?
14. Which parts of the church campus will Project Transformation be able to utilize for the program (number of classrooms, fellowship hall, gym, library, kitchen, playground, green space, etc.)?
15. And are there any facility challenges or concerns about which we should be aware (i.e. HVAC problems, building renovation plans, possible safety concerns, spaces that are not ADA accessible, areas that are off-limits, shared space, etc.)?
16. It is important for the site church to provide an administrative workspace for the site coordinator to use during the summer with access to Internet, copier/printer, office supplies, and computer. Please describe the space that will be made available to the site coordinator.
17. Each site church maintains a children’s library with books (approximately 1000 books) leveled according to Fountas/Pinnel and your district’s equivalency if you wish. Training will be provided on how to level books. Please describe the space that will be used for your library and the method you will use to create the library.
18. Is there someone at the church who would be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility (e.g. trustee, building or facilities manager)? Please include a name and contact information for who we would need to contact if facility issues arise.
19. For liability reasons, it is necessary to have a pastor or authorized congregation member at the church while the children and interns are present. Please state the name of the person(s) who would be the daily presence for the interns during the program.
20. If your church has participated with Project Transformation in the past, please share:
Your church’s level of involvement (site or partner church):
In what ways did your congregation get involved in the activities?
21. What kind of transformation are you hoping for through a partnership with Project Transformation? Whose lives are impacted and how? (If selected as a site church you will be asked to set specific goals to help with this.)
All applications will be reviewed by Project Transformation staff and the Board of Directors. You will be notified in late January of the selection of summer sites for 2018. All site pastors and at least one member of the CONNECT Team are required to attend a mandatory meeting in the spring to prepare for the summer program.
Thank you for your interest in becoming or continuing as a site church with Project Transformation!