Like I’ve mentioned here before, my small group guys have decided that they want to continue meeting over the summer this year. My co-leader and I knew going into the summer that attendance would be lower because of vacations, busy schedules, and the like. This week, however, was lower than we expected. Out of 13 guys, only 5 of them showed up. It was a little surprising, but we were just glad to have the 5 that were there.
1. Keep going like it’s a normal-sized group. Even though we only had 5 guys, we were still able to talk about the lesson we had planned and made the best of it. Sure, it’s not getting to as many guys because they didn’t show up, but at least the 5 that did show up are getting fed.
2. Make sure to follow up. After the group was over, I made sure to send a little texting love out to the 8 guys that didn’t show up. I knew some of them were on vacation or weren’t feeling well, but I wanted to make sure they knew they were missed.
3. Take advantage of the smaller group. This week we talked about stealing after we learned one of our guys had issues with it. Because he was one of the guys that showed up to group, we were able to personalize it to him a little bit more than we would if all 13 guys showed up.
Don’t be discouraged by low turnout, especially if your group or event is happening over the summer. Low attendance should be expected. Even when there’s not as many students, we should still take advantage of them showing up and make the most of it.