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…

~JK

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About joshkellar

I'm married to an incredible woman of God and have two daughters that love to laugh and delight in the Lord. My goal in life is to bring others into closer relationship with God by engaging them in His story as we journey together in a faith-filled community. The basis for every decision I make in life comes back to my calling to share the love of God with those around me. My hope is that at every opportunity I will encourage others into a greater lifelong journey of discipleship.

Posted on May 6, 2008, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Josh–I want you to know that I think about your ministry often and we are praying for you. Keep up the good work, despite what the numbers tell you:) Hope to see you and the rest of your family soon. Jana Weaver-Edens

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