How many teens attend your ministry? It’s a question we love to ask and hate to answer. It’s a comparison trap that can create insecurity and jealousy. No matter the number we’re always desiring MORE.
And that’s okay. You should want more teens to attend your ministry because it means that you have the opportunity to reach more with the Gospel. The challenge is growing the ministry and sustaining those numbers. If you want to boost your numbers you have to remember:
If you want to improve the way you reach teenagers it’s important to look at successful models. However, sometimes that means going beyond the church and looking in the corporate world.
When non-coffee drinkers recommend you go to a coffee house you go. The Starbucks Reserved Roastery in downtown Seattle is unlike any place I’ve ever visited. It’s a coffee lovers dream and for those of us in ministry, you can learn a lot. What the Starbucks Reserved Roastery taught me about ministry is:
You announce registration is open for camp, you can’t wait to see who signs up. But, no one does. A couple of weeks pass by and still no one. Panic sets in and you start to wonder, “What’s going on?”
Whenever I talk to a client about this situation I ask them, “What’s your communication strategy?” Most people don’t have one and that’s the reason no one responds. If you want people responding to your invitations, and announcements you need to:
Let’s face it, we could all use more volunteers. Doesn’t matter how many you have the demand to do more and expand your capacity is always there. The question is, “Is your system for recruiting effective?”
There is not one way of recruiting volunteers, but some are more effective than others. When it comes to recruiting volunteers you want to avoid:
Something a lot of youth ministers stress over is content. And nothing is more frustrating than spending money and time on content that teens won’t embrace.
Picking the right content takes more than an online search or purchasing the latest release. To pick the right content for your ministry you need to: