Presumably, you’re able to count heads now.
If you’re in a semester system, your turbulent weeks are (hopefully!) behind you, and there are (hopefully again!) some new students that look like they might actually stick.
Right now, before you forget to ask – and before they forget the true answers – why not ask these new students how they found the ministry and why they stayed around?
We shouldn’t assume it was the ads, the word-of-mouth, the Facebook messages, the new leadership, the old leadership, the friendliness, the coolness, the location, the T-shirts, the teaching, the refreshments, or the rockin’ kick-off party.
It could be those things, but there’s no reason to assume. Because we can ask.
I have not gotten the impression that we’re very good at thinking like this (even when we have surprising increases in numbers), but we need to be. It is of immeasurable value to find out the methods that God seems to have used to draw students – if He wants to show us a pattern or a product or a program He used in our particular contexts.
2 questions to ask:
- Why did you come?
- Why did you stick?
(A caveat to this idea is in the next post.)