On Friday night, our Junior High boys were supposed to go to the Sixers game. We had 8 students signed up, along with 2 leaders. A van was rented, tickets were purchased, and I was waiting at the Tabernacle at 5 pm, ready to go. Unfortunately, none of the students showed up. None. I called a few that I had numbers for, and received no real reason why they bailed.
Now I have had my share of event failures in ministry. This one was surprising, though, since it was an activity the students wanted to go on, and it was free (for them, not us!). One nugget of truth I have learned from this experience: the more you think you understand students and youth ministry, the more you find out you don’t. Remember, it is not your ministry, but God’s.