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Small Group By The Numbers

 —  November 14, 2013 — 5 Comments

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My 8th grade small group last night, by the numbers:

– Students present: 14
– Leaders absent: 1
– Overwhelmed leaders present: 1 (yours truly)
– Oreo cookies consumed: 71
– Hamster Eulogies performed: 2
– References to cute girls: 9
– Shirtless wrestling matches: 3
– Boys locked into bathroom: 1
– Pairs of dirty socks worn as mittens: 1
– Unsuspecting faces rubbed by “mittens”: 11
– Prayer requests: 9
– Reports of answered prayer: 1
– Rounds of “chat or challenge”: 6
– Minutes of quality Bible discussion: 13
– Minutes of less-than-quality Bible discussion: 21
Prayers of thankfulness for being allowed to work with JH guys by leaders on way home: 1

Thanks for being there for your students,



Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

5 responses to Small Group By The Numbers

  1. Great post, dude. Best box score I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. This sounds like a typical night at our place too. So glad our boys haven’t gotten the mitten ideas yet. I could only imagine the havoc. It must smell really bad having 14 JR high boys in one place.

  3. Only one adult leader and shirtless wrestling seems like a child-safety nightmare, for what that’s worth. Not being accusatory here, but in-home small groups come with their share of child-protection issues. Just 2 cents from a paranoid youth pastor.

    • Kurt Johnston

      Ha! I hear ya on that. To be clear:
      1) we have two leaders, one was absent.
      2) host home family is always home, too.
      3) my shirt stayed on!

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