The Youth Ministry Numbers that Matter Most

When it comes to church and youth ministry, numbers matter. They aren’t all that matters though. The question isn’t should we count; it’s what should we count?      I don’t see this as a tension to resolve as much as it is a tension to manage. Churches that are anti numbers tend to be uninformed and unmotivated, while churches that focus too heavily on numbers can be distracted from the mission and dangerous. The key is to hold the tension in balance by counting the right numbers. When it…

How We Set, Measure, & Track our Youth Ministry Goals

Earlier this week, I wrote about 5 reasons every youth ministry needs goals. Today I want to dive practically into how we set, measure, and track the goals in our student ministry.        Having written goals for your youth ministry is a huge step! It puts you on the winning track. However, learning how to set, measure, and track your goals can take your leadership and youth ministry to a whole new level!        Below I will share how we do this with our three main goals: attendance,…

What You Measure Matters

In life and ministry, measurements matter. We measure things that are important to us, and when we don’t things can get out of hand quickly. Think about it, most of us measure our bank accounts and weight pretty regularly. Stop doing that for a little while and see how things turn out! Odds are you will quickly end up overweight  and over drafted.        Not measuring these two things can be dangerous and disastrous! The same is true in youth ministry.  There’s a recipe for success, but it requires measuring out…

The Youth Ministry Growth Dilemma

More than anything else I hear, youth workers tell me they want their ministry to grow. They don’t want a raise or to make a name for themselves, they just want to impact as many students as possible. Numbers matter because people matter!        While most all of us want to see our ministries grow, statistics tell us that most of us are not. Why? What makes one youth ministry grow while others don’t? I believe the key to sustainable growth is navigating the youth ministry growth dilemma. Numbers matter because people matter!…

3 Keys to Reaching Students with Social Media

It’s 2016, and social media is here to stay. Students are using it, and if we want to reach them so should we! Whether we personally like social media or not, we can’t afford to ignore it.        Unfortunately, many youth workers are either not using it or aren’t using it well. To reach students far from God, we have to be where they’re at. Almost all students are on social media in one form or another, which means we have to be there too. Not only that,…