Friday night is youth group time

Mad time on Friday night! I was at a Church in the Diocese who run a group for 9-12 year olds. Friday night was apparently a “quieter” night but still had 83 young people! Got thoroughly beaten in a grass fight but mainly just chatted and observed, it was fun!
Great bunch of leaders and really committed! I wonder though if a group this size becomes a victim of it’s own success? The bigger a group gets the less opportunity there is for building relationship and community, for being a distinctively chrisian group.
Interesting chat about “wrist bands” with some of the young people who didn’t neccessarily relate to ANY of the campaigns, it was instead cool to have the most!
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5 Replies to “Friday night is youth group time”

  1. i agree with you on wondering if a youth ministry growing to a certain size doesn’t become a victim of it’s own success. when i came to our church it had around 20 to 30 average youth. it was easy to be involved in each of their lives. everyone knew each other and everyone cared for each other. that was an attractive environment for other teens to the ministry began growing. we now average between 90 & 110 and making sure everyone senses that they belong is much more difficult. i don’t wish that we had not grown because i’m glad the ministry is meeting people’s needs (both teens and adults) but i do sometimes really miss the smaller group.

  2. Perhaps the way forward is to explore some kind of cell relationship with a group of young people and a leader. Just like the way we manage bigger church congregations pastorally but we all come together to worship as well

  3. I’m one of the leaders of the club in question. It’s funny that Diana should say that about “cell groups”, we are currently looking at doing exactly that! The leadership team is over 10 people, so we should hopefully be able to build some good relationships with the members – 90 young people and 10+ leaders is probably a greater ratio than many clubs work with, after all.
    We used to have even more people attend and all the leaders feel that we’re better able to meet with young people now that attendance is lower.

  4. Yes, I agree, I’ve seen this in a couple of churches, that you start out with a smaller youth group (or in my case, mostly university students), everyone knows each other and can care for each other. But when the group grows it is divided, subgroups form and people don’t know eachother as well.

  5. Interesting point Kristopher, but you say “divided sub-groups” like this is a bad thing. Should every member of a group feel able to talk to every other member of the group? If a group divides itself into smaller subsets providing support, is this not also a good thing? Indeed, is that not what cell groups within a church are all about??
    I would suggest that the important thing is not the number of friendship circles in place but the number of leaders, and the leader-young person ratio.

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