RYM 074: How To Increase Student Attendance Frequency In Your Youth Ministry

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.

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  • 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)


Resource: XP3 Students

Event: National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) coupon code: ORNGfriend for $20 off

Book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Website: XP3 Students Facebook page


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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 curriculumPreviously, Tom was North Point MinistriesMulti-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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Orange Conference 2018