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Are there students who attend your church but not youth group? If so, start with them. Invite them out for lunch, coffee, whatever. Get to know their parents. See if you can get those kids to want to be a part of the group. When the group starts small, growth takes a lot of time. Start with building relationships with the students who come, even occasionally, or who are in some way connected to your church. And as others have pointed out, focus on discipleship with the students who are there. Really pour into them and build a strong core. Don't worry about having big numbers just yet. Be faithful with what God has given you before you worry about having more.

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I agree with Chris. Make a disciple that will make a disciple. Youth Pastors rarely have the opportunity you have: to pour into one life consistently.

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I think many of us are a little concerned when we read your comment about your lead pastor, assuming it's correct. I think you are actually in a very special time and you need to be able to pitch this to the leadership as a time to focus on spiritual growth and not numerical growth. Take this opportunity to disciple the one student that you do have and take him under your wing in ministry (assuming he's up for it). When you can pour into the spiritual health of one student, I have seen it turn into numerical growth. Sometimes I actually wish I had fewer students because it is harder for me to pour into the all. Don't focus on numbers first. Focus on health and numbers should come on the Lord's timing. DISCIPLE DISCIPLE DISCIPLE

Agreed about the comment on the lead pastor. When you were hired were you given any expectations? Was growth part of your job description? Were you given a job description? You might want to meet with him and make sure you're on the same page about expectations for this group.