It's ridiculous how many times in recent memory I've been with folks connected to youth ministry and someone has said "You need to check out what so-and-so is doing. He's got over 100 youth in his program" or "She is doing some great stuff in youth ministry. You should see the tons of kids that are participating." Please stop it, for the love of God! Stop equating success in ministry with how many people you can attract. Stop confusing consumer culture with the mission of the Church. Whether literal or metaphorical, scripture depicts Jesus as focusing most of his time and teaching on just twelve guys! I think there's a lesson in there somewhere.