Creating Critical Mass

posted Jan 29, 2020, 11:47 AM by Ginger Bowman
 It's never fun to be the only one who shows up to something, especially when you are expecting to be a part of a group. A Sunday morning Bible study class can be awkward when there are only two or three people in the room. It might even be so awkward some decide not to come back.   

How do we create a critical mass of people that makes the group an inviting place to be? Here are a few suggestions: 

Consider a change of venue. Meet in a space that matches the group you have. If you only have a few, a smaller room will feel more like a fit, and will be easier to fill up when your group begins to grow. Consider meeting in a more intimate space like a home or at a coffee shop to get things going. 

Join another group for a while.  Consider joining with another group, like a “Young Adult” group that breaks into smaller affinity groups for discussion and prayer times.  The larger group will help create a more comfortable environment for fellowship while the smaller group is developing deeper relationships.  As the smaller group grows you may want to move to becoming more independent.

Choose carefully. Look for leaders for your group who can make even a small group feel comfortable. College ministry leaders don't have to be professors, but they should be relational.  Their personalities will set the tone for the group you want to grow. 

Show no fear. As a leader, commit to the group no matter what. Don't apologize for there not being more people. Be grateful for who is there and the commitment they have made to show up. You communicate that you value them as an individual and not just as a part of a bigger group.  

Success in college ministry isn't measured by the number of students you have coming, but by whether disciples are being made. Is your ministry model moving students forward in their relationship with Christ? Are students becoming disciples who make disciples? If so, you're on the right track! 
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