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I struggled with this for a while, too. And I realized, it wasn't about me. I was carrying the personal responsibility of drawing kids unto myself, when it should have been my students drawing others to God. So I encourage my students to follow up with visitors (especially if they brought their friend). The most important thing I've found in getting kids to your youth group is how many friends they have there and how welcome they feel. This CANNOT be created by a youth director. I have 2 posts I've written on this subject, I'll share below. I figured out students don't want to be drawn to adults...it's a little creepy-they want to be drawn to God through other students.

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Thats tough. I know that it gets annoying if the youth pastor is making people feel guilty for not being there, or being a total creeper. But the most important thing is to let them know that they're always welcome. And also just make it fun, so they don't want to miss. I had a student who hasn't been there for a month or so. He came last night and I heard him tell someone else, "Man i never wanna miss again. I love being here." And that's what its all about. You can't really hunt people down, or hound them for not coming. Just make the atmosphere something that they want to be a part of. If its a chore in their minds then they are going to miss as much as possible. But if they want to be there, they'll find a way.