For almost 12 weeks we've been talking about a retreat we do for students to train them in their faith and stretch their connection with God to a new normal. It's called OGN and it's next week.
Every week since Easter I've been telling students to sign up. We passed out sign up sheets. We have had custom fliers on every table. We printed it on our summer calendars. I mention it during every teaching message as an application point. We have done promo videos and blog posts and twitter updates and it's in every weekend program in the announcement section and you name it.
Here's a typical phone convo with a regular teen who attends every weekend in our ministry:
Me: Hey, how's summer treating you?
HS student: Alright.
Me: Gonna do anything sweet?
HS student: Um, I dunno. I think we're going camping sometime.
Me: Have you thought about OGN?
HS student: Yeah, but I don't have the money.
Me: Yeah, things are crazy right now for everyone. Is there anything I can do to help? Have you talked to your parents about how much you could pay? Maybe we can work out a payment plan or something.
HS student: No. They told me I could have this surfboard I want or go to OGN.
HS student: When is it anyway?
Me: (IF I COULD SCREAM MY THOUGHTS THEY WOULD SAY: ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!!!!? I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING SHORT OF PIN A NOTE TO YOUR SHIRT!!!!) Instead I say, "It's next week. We're leaving Tuesday and be back the following Monday. "
HS student: Oh man. Yeah I'm in summer school. I can't go.
Me: Got it. Sounds like tons of fun. See you Sunday.
HS student: Ok. late.
then I ponder if I should quit my job cuz I clearly suck at it or just do announcements naked... but then again... they'd be taking pics with their phones to post on the internet and not listening to me and then I'd lose my job anyway and then I'd have my house repossessed and then we'd live in our parents garage with 5 kids and a dog and...
... guess maybe I'll duct tape fliers to shirts on the way out the door.