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5 advantages of a large youth group

Advantages of a large youth groupWhether you’re in a small church, a mid-size church, or a large church, there are unique challenges and opportunities in each.

Just as there are several advantages of having a small youth group, large groups have some advantages, also.

If you’re in a large youth group, learn to capitalize on these advantages.

1. More resources at your disposal. That often includes man-power, facility use, budget, and more.

2. Diverse giftedness. The group is more likely to have many different spiritual gifts, talents and abilities represented that can be utilized in the ministry to bring honor to God and to edify the body.

3. Buzz spreads about your ministry. With more people comes more mouths talking about it, which means more people hear about your ministry and what’s going on. Give them something positive to share because that also means that negative buzz spreads just as quickly.

4. Multiple staff members for quick advice. At least this is true for me. I love working in an office surrounded by multiple pastors, administrative assistants and staff members because I have instant access to have questions answered and get quick input on ideas and thoughts.

5. Large gatherings of people tend to generate excitement. There’s a feeling of anticipation among participants. People gather because they share something in common, whether it be at a basketball game, the school play or at church. People enjoy having a shared experience together with other people, even people they don’t know.

Question: What other advantages does a large youth group have? The comments below are open for discussion.


Posted on June 23, 2010

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  • I think this is a good list that pretty much summarizes my experience. Are you going to follow up with a list of disadvantages?

    • No, I wasn't planning on it. You could make the argument that the list of of 5 advantages for small groups is also the list of disadvantages for large groups, although that wasn't my intention nor thought when writing it.

  • I know this (and the small church list) aren't exhaustive. But putting the two side-by-side seems to make a strong case against large youth ministries, which I don't think is your intention… but I could be wrong.

    The small-church advantages boil down to "real community and better sense of purpose."

    The above list could be summarized as "more resources and more hype."

    Given the choice between those two options, it makes me leery of our growing youth group.

    • Hmm, that's true. I hadn't thought of it that way before. Maybe because that's been my experience working in both small youth groups and large youth groups. That's not to say that large groups don't or can't have a sense of community, nor that small groups don't have resources, but generally speaking my experiences suggest that it's an advantage one group dynamic has over the other in a more natural way. Large groups have to be intentional about forming community. Small groups have to be picky about what resources they invest into. Generally speaking, of course.

  • Having worked with both large and small youth groups, given the choice, I'd prefer smaller. I love seeing a packed out youth church ever week and I loce preaching to a big crowd, but smaller definately has it's advantages.

    – You can do more one on one ministry (it's easier to get to know individual families )

    – create a greater sense of belonging

    – no one gets "lost in the crowd"

    – less distractions

    – smaller chance of cliques.

    This may not be the case for all groups, but it sure works for our youth family church !

    God bless

  • I'm in a large church right now and have been for 14 years. I like number 3 Buzz spreads about your ministry. With more people comes more mouths talking about it, which means more people hear about your ministry and what’s going on. Give them something positive to share because that also means that negative buzz spreads just as quickly. We had a mom that voted us Best Youth Group In our town for the past 3 years and she has asked other mom to do the same.

    Sometimes I miss the small youth group! Knowing everyone, their parents and the stuff in their life.

    Great article keep up the good work.

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