We all know that attendance numbers can fluctuate in youth ministry from week to week. But over time, we all hope to see attendance trending UP. But what do you do when numbers aren’t going up—when they’re plateauing or even going DOWN? In this episode, join local ministry leaders as they talk about how to identify a real attendance plateau, how to track important data in your ministry, and how knowing these key components can help set up your ministry for growth going forward.
- Don’t assume you’ve plateaued until you’ve tracked your attendance for over a year. (5:30)
- What is the difference between plateauing numbers and consistent numbers? (6:30)
- After two years of introducing a new event, it’s time to evaluate if it’s going to be part of your ministry’s DNA or not. (13:30)
- Ask: “What are we offering that’s valuable to our students?” (17:00)
- If your numbers are decreasing, think about how you may be over-programming. (20:30)
- Offer a parent event and a student event at the same time to get both in the doors of your church. (22:00)
- I don’t think enough youth workers take advantage of the data available to them. (23:00)
- You don’t need a fancy way to keep track of your attendance. (25:00)
- Learn how to ask the right questions around your data. (25:15)
- Connect with students who haven’t been back to your ministry over social media. (29:00)
- What do you do to fix the plateau once it’s happened? (29:00)
- Discipleship takes time, and when it’s done correctly, multiplication will happen. (30:00)
- Small Group Leaders are the heartbeat of keeping students in your ministry consistently. (31:00)
- Know your students names to reinforce longevity in your ministry. (33:00)
- What gets rewarded gets repeated. (36:00)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
“Discipleship takes time, and when it’s done well multiplication will happen.” - @jfraziernic Click To Tweet“What are we offering that’s valuable to our students?” Click To Tweet“As youth workers, we have more data available to us than we realize” Click To Tweet“Small Group Leaders are the heartbeat of keeping students consistent in your ministry.” Click To Tweet“What gets rewarded gets repeated.” Click To Tweet
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
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.
Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.
Britt is currently the director of students for North Point Ministries located in Alpharetta, GA. Britt fell in love with student ministry, and now is head over all of student ministries for North Point Ministries. Britt is also a fan of trivia. He is married to Natalie, and has three children: Nolan, Ellie, and Ben.
Josh is the student pastor at Graystone church Ozora campus located in Loganville, GA. Josh studied at Charleston Southern University, and studies christian leadership at Liberty University. He is married to his wife Crystal, and they have three girls.
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