I’m blogging this week for the Orange Conference 2015 Blogger Week. I’m going thru 5 questions that I’m hoping to get answered at the Orange Conference.
Question #2 is this:
What do you do when you see signs of spiritual growth in your students but there isn’t a correlation to attendance?
This will be the first time that I’ve been in ministry where the ministry isn’t growing in attendance in our large group progam. I made some decisions that I believe will help long term but they are proving to be a challenge in the short term.
One thing that is happening in my ministry though is I see students taking steps to grow spiritually. Like big steps.
We’ve had a huge increase in the number of teenagers volunteering in our church and we are seeing great results in middle school because of this, but our attendance in our high school program is not improving…yet.
They are also taking on roles in their schools that are growing their influence there. This is so huge knowing the way that God could use them to help others in their school.
A few questions that I’m hoping will help me find the answer…
- How do communicate that great things are happening when attendance isn’t growing?
- How do you stay encouraged when something isn’t going well?
- How much do you focus on fixing the broken thing instead of driving full force on the things that are working?
So tell me, What have you done to stay encouraged when things aren’t going as well as you’d hope them to go?