Attendance numbers aren’t the most important measures of success in your youth ministry, but to a lot of churches, the numbers still matter. This week, we’re talking about ways to get students to attend your ministry more frequently and the role engagement plays in increasing the numbers of active students on your roster.
- What it means for students to be considered ‘active’ on a roster (4:23)
- The importance of not ‘purging’ a student from your roster without knowing why they’re not coming (5:11)
- The difference between attendance and engagement (6:08)
- How to practically increase our engagement efforts (8:10)
- Tom Shefchunas describes the “rainy Sunday morning” principle (9:28)
- What to do when you haven’t seen a student in a while (11:42)
- How to get your students to show up more often (14:11)
- What we can do as youth leaders to change the frequency of student attendance (21:00)
- The three connections students need (26:30)
- Why your programs have to be worth showing up for (31:41)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Never use statistics alone to drive decisions. Use statistics to ask better questions, leading to better decisions. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetIn youth ministry, quantity time leads to quality time. —Tom Shefchunas Click To TweetStudents need three connections: a connection to another student, a connection to an adult leader, and a connection to the purpose God made them for. —George Lin Click To TweetIf we’re only measuring the bodies in the room and not the engagement and consistency in relationships during the week, we may be missing the most impressive number in our ministry. —Crystal Chiang Click To TweetIf we look at our students as names instead of numbers, it puts a lot more drive into what we do. —George Lin Click To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
Resource: XP3 Students
Event: National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) coupon code: ORNGfriend for $20 off
Website: XP3 Students Facebook page
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.
Crystal is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at at Orange. Before that, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from leading small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Alpharetta, GA with an ill-tempered chihuahua named Javier.
After seven years spent leading student ministry at a multi-site church, George now hangs with the Orange Students team developing curriculum resources for ministry leaders. He has a passion for growing the next generation through changing the lives of leaders and their teams. When he’s not working with Orange or consulting with organizations across the country, George loves to cook, spend time with his wife Kiana, their daughter AJ, and hike with their two German Shepherds.
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