Focusing On Numbers for a Minute
I am not usually one who focuses on numbers. I tend to be more concerned with spiritual growth than numerical. Despite this, I think numbers are sometimes an indication of what areas need improvement or are going well. Today, for the first time since I began working as Children’s Minister, I feel I have an acurate idea of where the children’s ministry stands when it comes to DAH DAH DAH …(*insert dramatic tension building sound effects here)…how many children we have in the Mesquite Church of Christ Children’s Ministry.
Today I completed a painstaking process of collecting all the attendance forms from all 10 of our classrooms for both Sunday Morning and Wednesday Night and compiling them into one Super-Duper-All-In-One-More-Information-Than-Is-Really-Necessary-Impress-Your-College-Statistics-Professor-Microsoft-Excel Spreadsheet. Here are a few of the findings.
Based on somewhat incomplete information…From September 2007 to the end of April 2008 we had:
160 different children set foot into our children’s classrooms.
50% of these are on our membership list. (That’s about 80 kids for those who did as well at college statistics as me)
50% of these are visitors. (…The other 80 kids)
Sunday mornings we averaged about 28 kids in attendance.
Wednesday evenings we averaged about 33 kids.
What does all this mean?
I guess it means that now we can see that of the 80 kids who are members at our church 35% are coming on Sunday Mornings and 41% are coming on Wednesday nights.
Whether this is good or bad, I am not sure. Compiling this list helped me become aware of the fact that there needs to be more done as far as follow-up with those that visit. It also shows me which children and families could use more encouragement to be regular attenders.
Now we have to turn the information into transformation…