- We had over 1,000 people in small group Bible study. That’s good!
- We had 58 more people in small group Bible study than we did on the first Sunday of May last year. That’s really good!
- We only had 100 fewer people in small group Bible study than we had in worship attendance. That’s spectacular!!
- Enrollment: The number of people we can potentially influence with our small group ministry
- Attendance: The number of people who are in a small group Bible study on a given week
- Engagement: The number of weeks per month someone attends a small group Bible study
- Movement: The number of people in small groups relative to the number of people in worship, and the number involved in serving relative to the number in small groups.
It’s that fourth speedometer that has me most excited today. The closer that number gets to zero, the more indication that our strategy is effective.
Please remember that every single person in your small group is more than a number. They are a person with needs, hurts, challenges, and victories. Every Sunday you teach, you are not standing before a “group.” You are standing before individuals who are sitting together. But we keep track of numbers so we can have some indication of how we are doing in meeting those needs, mending those hurts, facing those challenges, and celebrating those victories. To borrow the old cliche, we count people because people count!
If you are in education ministry, how do you measure the effectiveness of your ministry?