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Here is a list of 11 ridiculous things that keep youth groups from growing:

(2) Select 2-3 things your youth ministry does really well and only do those things. Adding more things does not necessitate growth.

(3) Recruiting the wrong adults:
 Assembling the right youth ministry team is paramount. Make sure to recruit people that will energize you. Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats – then figure out where to drive it.

Forgetting about strategic and intentional evangelism:
(5) You are not making evangelism a priority unless you are doing it relentlessly and consistently in your ministry.  Efforts will get your students focused on how to love others outside of their youth group.

(6) Dismiss parent feedback:
Parents should have a voice in your youth ministry. It is not wise to blow off parent feedback. Ultimately, parents are entrusting the spiritual shepherding of their children to you, so pay close attention to what parents are saying about you and the ministry. A few negative parents can kill the momentum of your youth ministry in a matter of months. This doesn’t mean that you should do whatever parents want and tell you to do. Your ministry should, however, reveal a partnership with parents if the students themselves are going to grow into a mature relationship with Christ.  

(7) Ignoring fundraising:
You need to discern who are the right people who have money and want to financially invest in the lives of teens. Make sure to be compelling by describing how their precious coins will be used. Always do something special for the individuals who contributed money to your youth ministry.

(8) Failure to set goals: Goals give you the ability to create your youth ministry future in advance. They can make your youth ministry grow, expand, develop, and possibly transform. Compelling goals contain two key components: identifying your youth ministry goals and identifying your youth group mission. 
(9) Information overload – Just pick a ministry strategy and philosophy that works and stick with it. Trust me; there are thousands upon thousands of theories that tell us how youth ministry “should” be done. Use what works for you; get rid of the rest.

10) Decide you really, really want to grow – Believe it or not, the primary barrier to church growth is desire. 
Do you really want to grow? If the answer is yes, then you must commit to this goal and be willing to accept changes. And the people in your congregation must also be willing to accept changes.

The Bible says, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24 NKJV). In order for a church to grow, some things have to die. Those 
who had intimacy with the pastor have to learn to share him with new people. They have to be willing to 
let go of the control they have in certain decisions and in certain areas.
It takes an incredible unselfishness. They must be willing to die to some traditions, to some feelings, 
to some relationships in order for the Kingdom of God to be advanced. That takes a lot of maturity.

Jeremy Zach
Pastor Rick Warren

(4) Calendaring the same events recurrently:
I have seen youth ministries do the same events for years. One of the catalysts for stimulating growth is constant change of event scheduling. You have to mix it up. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to change your ministry strategy all the time, but you might want to change the events that demonstrate the strategy. Youth pastors have to continuously explore new opportunities that will help to connect students with Jesus. 
​(1) Copying another successful youth ministry – It is okay to learn from other youth leaders, but to copy them really hijacks your creativity to contextualize a youth ministry structure that aligns with your church culture and community. It is imperative for youth pastors to program according to their OWN surroundings, culture, and circumstances. It is fine to borrow ministry practices or ideas, but to completely copy a cool-hip youth ministry is not right.







​ In order for a church to grow, some things have to die.