So what do you do when the kids in your small group don’t show?
1. Know that it’s ok
Your students will move along and will be inconsistent. It isn’t always a reflection on your leadership. Sometimes, students just can’t make it.
2. Contact them
If they came to your group, they are a part of your flock. Treat them like they are your student, rather than a flighty kid. Care before you share.
Shoot a quick text, or mention them on social media to let them know that you missed them at group or service.
Caring for your flock goes a long way.
3. Care for those that did attend
While you are there, care for those that came. Invest in them, love on them, show them God’s word.
Don’t judge the effectiveness of your group by the numbers. Before you get crazy discouraged, get a hold of yourself and ask God to do what only He can do.
You + God = unbelievably effective team. So minister like crazy to the students in your care.
4. Gain a long term perspective
It’s easy sometimes to view your success on a week to week basis. Unfortunately, a lot of youth ministry leaders view themselves as good as their last week.
I’ve been at my church for more than 6 years. My ministry gains effectiveness the longer that I’m here. Treat your students as if you will care about them for the next 4 years instead of the next 4 weeks.
So don’t get stressed when the kids don’t show.
Care for those that God brings you.