How to Turn Your Lowest Attendance Sundays into Family Ministry Wins

Some Sundays come along that you know are going have really low attendance.

Like this year, New Years Day falls on a Sunday.

No matter what you do, there’s gonna be a major drop in attendance.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with doing your regular programming on these days, but what if you could actually turn them around to be really special days that end in a Ministry win rather than a shoulder shrug?

We decided to for a Ministry Win by trying something completely different.

We’re having all kids Kindergarten+ stay with their parents in the adult service.

I know you’re probably thinking that isn’t different at all, but it’s not the fact that the kids are attending with their parents, it’s the 3 special elements were including in the service to let kids know the it’s designed for themalong with the adults.

Here are the 3 elements.

Element 1: Give the kids something physical to interact with during the message.

This helps the visual and kinesthetic learners, which is most kids, stay engaged.

An example of what this looks like is handing kids a baggies with objects in them, which the kids can use to follow along in the message.

For example, our Pastor is talking about how Jesus is the Prince of Peace during our Christmas Eve services.

So we’ve prepared ziplock bags for each kid with a Chocolate Gold Coin (Prince) and a snack size bag of Reeses Pieces (Peace) (We also got some some snack size M&Ms for any kids with nut allergies).

Every time our Pastor says “peace,” the kids get to eat a piece of candy, and at the end they finish by eating the coin.

Kids are going to hanging on every word just waiting for him to say peace (or is it piece?).

Element 2: Directly include the kids in some portion of the service.

On New Year’s Day our Pastor is preaching on the story of Nicodemus.

So before the message, he’s going to call all the kids up to sit on the floor in front of the stage.

He’s gonna pull up a chair, and read them a story book about Nicodemus to introduce his sermon.

It gets the kids moving, directly engages them, and let’s everyone know the kids are not just an afterthought.

Element 3: Include the kids in the application.

Make sure that in the application, the communicator directly addresses the kids as a separate audience.

Be intentional in thinking through what problems or issues the kids might be experiencing that the message addresses and then talk about them.

You’ll still include application for the adults, but only after you address the kids.

Again, this shows everyone (including the children) that kids aren’t just an afterthought in the service.

And the great thing about all of this is that you’re concentrating everyone in the same space, so the attendance doesn’t feel as low (especially to any guests who attend).

Plus all the kids who come get to experience church with their parents.

They get to worship God together, hear a story and message together, to apply God’s word to their lives together.

All of these things turn what could be an “eh” Sunday into a Ministry Win Sunday!

 

Do you do anything special on low attendance Sundays that turn them into a Ministry Win? Leave a comment.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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