Ministry is often an ego contest. I would be lying if I said I don’t compare myself to others. That is not a good idea; all you can do is make sure you are being faithful with what God has given you. I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A STORY IN THE BIBLE.
For that reason WE track the percentage of growth in something since the previous year. Sometimes stats can look good or bad depending on the context and story. Here are those numbers and some things that HSM is doing well or may need work on based on what we are looking for.
FIRST TIME VISITORS UP 5%
(This is up, but not at the level of our overall growth, makes me wonder if we are developing a core, or if we are becoming an aged group whose outreach is slowing down?)
REGISTERED STUDENTS UP 26%
(This is the core I talked about. This is great, but must be looked at with outreach. We don’t want a stagnant core.)
TOTAL STUDENTS IN ROOM UP 30%
(this is just the way of measuring our target audience, no real commentary since it is a combination of the other two above)
ADULT INVOLVEMENT UP 61%
(You could look at this and think it is great, and it is, but the reason it is up so much is because we were way understaffed the year before and this was just catch up. We have a long way to go before we are on pace.)