The question I always get asked is when talking to youth pastor is: How do I know if I am successful in my student ministry?
My answer: How are you measuring success?
In order to know what success is you need to define it.
What are some measurables that a youth ministry can strive for?
Most senior pastors and elder boards ask their youth pastor or student pastor for ministry reports. Basically any youth ministry needs to give an account for what God is doing in their ministry.
Measuring in your youth ministry means you have:
- a plan
- goals and targets
- solid managerial skills
- an evaluation process
So what should your youth ministry focus on? How the heck do you measure spiritual growth?
On an aside — know that measuring success isn’t about numbers. When attempting to measure spiritual growth or success in your youth ministry — think ratios and not numbers.
Here are a few examples of wins any youth ministry can use as a measurement of success:
1. Baptisms. This lets you know if unchurched students are getting connected to your environment each year
2. Event attendance. Are students excited about your special events?
3. Promotion. How many 5th graders are moving up and sticking in middle school? How many 8th graders are moving up and sticking in high school?
4. Serving. What percentage of students are involved in serving?
5. Small Group Participation. How many students are involved in small groups?
6. Leader Recruitment. Each year at promotion, are they recruiting enough solid leaders to lead new 6th grade or freshman groups?
7. Talent Recruitment. Are they finding quality communicators, worship leaders, and hosts who can engage students?
How do you measure success? What are targets/goals/objective can your student ministry achieve?