A few weeks ago, our fearless leader announced that we wouldn’t be having our normal weekly all-staff meeting. Instead, he encouraged us simply to spend that time with the Lord, in whatever way(s) worked best for us.
It was fantastic.
Have you ever considered doing something like that for your students, in lieu of a Large Group Meeting? Of course, you could still offer something for students who are freaked out by that idea, come for the first time, etc. You wouldn’t even have to announce it until everyone’s there. (You’ve got to watch out for bait-and-switch, so ponder this one. Maybe it’s even a half-evening or something.)
Another option would be offering this to Student Leaders. For even some of them, spending the normal hour or two just “with the Lord” would be intimidating. And that’s a teachable moment all of its own.