In this episode, Jeff Bates dives into some specific practices on tracking family ministry data at Elevation Church and gives practical tips for how to get these families more engaged. Each family is unique and defining engagement can be tricky, so there is a great need for creative ways to keep families connected throughout the year.

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Key numbers to track for engagement:

  • Creatively thinking and tracking family attendance
  • Tracking attendance through kid's ministry
  • Engagement percentages for the overall church

Keys to successful Youth Ministry engagement at Elevation:

  • Strong small group leaders
  • Moved away from large weekly gatherings to focus on groups
    “Scrap the thing that looks awesome for the thing that really is going to be lasting.”
  • Monthly large group gatherings for multiple campuses

Keys to partnering with parents:

  • Creating events with relevant content for parents (topics: technology, marriage & parenting, sex, etc.)
  • Connecting parents with other parents
  • Different class options for parents throughout the year

Action Items

  1. Define engagement at your church
  2. Look at the numbers
  3. Pick one to improve

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