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7 Ways to Measure Success in Your Youth Ministry

7 Ways to Measure Success in Youth Ministry

The question I always get asked is when talking to youth pastor is: How do I measure success in youth 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

• documentation

• systems

So what should your youth ministry focus on? How the heck do you measure spiritual growth?

As an aside—know that measuring success isn’t about numbers. When attempting to measure spiritual growth or success, think ratios and not numbers.

Here are a few examples of wins any youth ministry can use as a measurement of success:

1. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Baptisms.

This lets you know if unchurched students are getting connected to your environment each year

2. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Event Attendance.

Are students excited about your special events?

3. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Promotion.

How many fifth graders are moving up and sticking in middle school? How many eighth graders are moving up and sticking with youth ministry in high school?

4. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Serving.

What percentage of students are involved in serving?

5. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Small Group Participation.

How many students are involved in small groups?

6. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Leader Recruitment.

Each year at promotion, are they recruiting enough solid leaders to lead new sixth grade or freshman groups?

7. Measure Success in Youth Ministry With Talent Recruitment.

Are they finding quality communicators, worship leaders and hosts who can engage students?

How do you measure success in your ministry? What targets/goals/objective can your student ministry achieve?

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Jeremy Zach easily gets dissatisfied with status quo. He reeks with passion and boredom is not in his vocabulary. He becomes wide awake when connecting with student pastors, thinking and writing about student ministry, experimenting with online technology, and working out. He is married to Mikaela and has two calico cats, Stella and Laguna. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a XP3 Orange Specialist for Orange—a division of the REthink Group. Zach holds a Communication degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.