Monday, October 13, 2008
Last night, our attendance was lower than normal. I tell myself not to worry. After all, it was a big football weekend with a late Saturday night game (the MU Tigers lost) and church attendance as a whole was down. Plus, I know that it’s not all about numbers. But, I can’t help but ask the question: Why am I concerned about the number of people attending youth group on Sunday night?
I know this a rather cliché question. Almost any book on youth ministry tells you not to focus on and worry about the numbers. But it’s difficult, at least for me, not to be concerned with a lower attendance. In fact, I think numbers can give us certain indications.
Taking note of attendance, without obsessing over attendance, can help us answer several questions: Is this a good meeting time for my youth? Are we adequately planning for our events and ministry? Do we need more adult volunteers? Do we need to do a MIA (missing in action) and call those we haven’t seen lately? Are we using the most effective teaching techniques for the size of ministry we have? Are we spending enough time preparing?
Perhaps all of this is to say, it’s good once in awhile to sit back and reevaluate our ministries.
How about you? Should youth ministry pay attention to numbers?