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Are your youth ministry numbers in decline? Kickoff weekend the place was filled, the next couple of weeks numbers leveled out, and now that you are approaching Thanksgiving you begin to wonder, “Where is everyone going?”
It’s the taper that happens in every youth ministry. No matter how many times you have gone through it, there are periods where you feel like no one is coming. With low numbers you begin to worry if leaders don’t see members of their small group, then they’ll wonder, “Do I even need to be here?” It might even feel like failure, and that can lead to apathy.
Ministry - Numbers - Decline
Why are your youth ministry numbers in decline?
It depends on what is happening in and around your ministry. For example, your ministry could be tapering because:
Newness - Wore - Off - Reason - People
The Newness Wore Off – The reason people stop coming is because the newness of the ministry has worn off. While a kickoff screams, “YOU MUST BE A PART OF THIS!” the following weeks don’t have the same effect. You need to keep things new and fresh in your ministry without losing consistency and sanity. That’s why it’s important to make strategic tweaks and adjustments throughout the year. Make sure you are analyzing the whys and whats of your ministry.
Teens Need a Reminder – Teens have a lot on their mind, from loads of homework to what’s going on in their circle of friends. It’s easy to forget your ministry when Sunday rolls around. There isn’t any conspiracy to make you feel bad, they just genuinely forgot. Set up a system where reminders are sent out on Facebook, Twitter or create a sandwich board for right outside their...
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