No one had shown up to their small group. I could tell morale for these leaders were at an all time low. No one likes to feel like a failure. The truth is that life happens. And there are many reasons teens will stop showing up.
Whatever you do, do NOT assume there is only one reason to why they won’t show. When you assume you start creating scapegoats which alleviate responsibility from your shoulders. When teens stop showing up or have missed for a while you need to:
I’ll be honest. I have youth ministry environment envy. Whenever I walk into another person’t youth space I think, “Man, why can’t I have that?” We share our space with a variety of groups. It’s been working, but I still dream of the day we have our own.
Fortunately you don’t need your own space to have an irresistible environment. Whether you share or are confined to the catacombs of your church your environments can have a positive impact on your ministry. To have the right environment you just need to:
It was a difficult time. A year had gone by and the same 6 teens from the student band were the only ones coming every week to our student program. I felt like a failure. I remember sitting down with my pastor, waiting for him to say, “You’re done.” Instead he told me the biggest secret to growing a ministry:
It breaks my heart when I learn about a former student that has walked away from the church. Questions of, “How did this happen?” and “What could I have done better?” race through my mind. It’s a fear many churches and youth ministers face. No one wants to see teens Graduate Their Faith when they Graduate High School.
While there is no magic bullet you can fight the trend by creating a system that grows disciples. That system begins with:
Every youth minister feels the pressure to have a high energy youth program in their church. But, if you really want the next generation active and involved it’s by getting them serving inside the church.
When others see the next generation serving inside your church it will:
- Motivate others generations to get involved.
- Bring a new life to the parish.
- Advocate the importance of youth ministry for your church community.
To get teenagers involved you need to look for opportunities where they can serve. Once you’ve established those areas, it’s about taking these 5 steps: