RYM 015: How To Measure Success In Your Youth Ministry

It can be easy to measure the success of our youth ministries just by looking at attendance and numbers. But the truth is, attendance tells us more about the school calendar and weather than it does about the spiritual growth of our students. In this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation on how to best define and measure success in your ministry environment.

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How do we measure success in our youth ministries? (1:30)

We tend to measure the success of our youth ministries by attendance and comparison. (2:00)

Attendance tells us more about the school calendar and the weather than it does spiritual growth. (2:30)

The tension is not if we should pay attention to numbers, but how we apply those numbers. (4:15)

The single best measurement of a kid’s spiritual growth is a hunch by another person. (11:30)

Jesus made the centerpiece of His movement a small group. (12:30)

Influence is what makes people take steps toward Jesus, and influence happens through relationship. (13:00)

Attendance is different from engagement. (16:00)

The first thing you need before you measure anything is have an accurate and active roster. (22:00)

You want every kid to know that they will be missed when they do not show up. (25:00)

What do you do when your leadership has a different idea about how to measure success? (29:00)

Great churches don’t grow because they are focused on growing. (29:15)

Attendance is not success. It is a fruit of success. (30:30)

You need great data so you can ask great questions. (37:00)

Find someone to keep data, and measure it long-term. (38:00)





Sarah is a writer and communicator who has been involved in ministry since 2003. In 2007, she joined the XP3 high school team where she now works as a lead writer and content creator. She also a contributing writer to the Parent Cue blog. Sarah lives in Roswell, Georgia, and is a big fan of her husband, her two boys, Asher and Pace, and, in her weaker moments, McDonald’s french fries.



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 currently leads the XP3 High School initiative 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.



Jamey is a pastor, speaker, and writer of student content for North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to serving as the Director of High School at the Buckhead campus, he is also one of the voices speaking into the content and strategy for all six locations in the Atlanta area. As a long-time friend of Orange, he’s had the privilege of being a speaker, writer, and creative resource for XP3 Student Curriculum. In his spare time he can be found speaking at student events around the country, coaching new and aspiring communicators, and hanging with his beautiful wife Sara and their two children Cashman and Peyton.

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Orange Conference 2018