Stuck in an awkward situation


Have you ever realized after the fact that you put someone in a very awkward situation?  Recently we asked a Sunday morning group to fill in a short survey about marriage.  Questions like, “What is the hardest part of being married,” and “What do you wish you knew about marriage before you started yours?”  As I read through the response cards, one of them hit me like a two-by-four.  It simply said:

“Please send as survey monkey [an anonymous online survey tool]. Not enough time to fill out – not sitting next to hubby.”

I read that and thought, “Mark, what did you THINK would happen?  Obviously people may not be able to honestly share their ideas and experiences about marriage while sitting next to someone who is their spouse!”  I had unwittingly put people in a very awkward situation.  Oops.

Some of you were willing to share anyway.  I’ve been reading and learning from those surveys.  But for anyone who didn’t feel the freedom to give honest feedback, or for anyone who wasn’t there on that Sunday, I would love to get your input as we head into our new series on marriage.  Could you please take a few minutes right now to fill in the following online survey?  It’s the same questions we posed on that Sunday morning.  And it’s designed for everyone, even if you’ve never been married.

Click here to go to the anonymous online survey

Thank you in advance for your time.  I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we launch our series, “Marriage That Works.”  You’re helping shape the direction of this series by your honest input.  See you then!

-Pastor Mark

P.S. Mark your calendars for a special Thank You celebration we’re throwing for Jeannette Cochran on Sunday, April 29th at 3:30 pm.  It’s a way to show our appreciation for her as she steps off our staff team.

Posted on April 18, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. There seems to be a problem with the marriage survey. No matter what I do it gives me an error message in the marriage status box. I’ve tried everything but it still won’t accept any choice I make

  2. You’re right, there’s only one good question for singles. Sorry for overstating it.

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