It’s always difficult, whether you run a college atheist group or an off-campus local one, to get people to attend meetings. It’s even harder to keep them coming back for more.
The Secular Student Alliance’s Campus Organizer, Lyz Liddell, offers suggestions on what atheist groups can do to get bodies in the seats!
The full list (with details) is at the SSA website.
More importantly, perhaps, is Lyz’s short list of what *not* to do if you want people to attend your meetings:
Ten Sure-Fire Ways to REDUCE Meeting Attendance!
- Keep your group’s existence secret (like a closed Facebook group), and don’t tell anyone about it unless you’re absolutely, positively, 100% sure they’re an atheist.
- Don’t tell anyone when your meetings are. Make the information hard to find, like posting it only on that closed Facebook group or an unadvertised website.
- Change meeting times and places every week.
- Holding meetings at times that are unlikely to work for people (i.e., during the school day, Friday nights, early mornings on the weekends, etc.)
- Hold boring, business-only meetings that are only of interest to the officers.
- Complain at every meeting about how people don’t show up.
- Give up after only one try of an idea.
- Stick with one idea even when it doesn’t work after several attempts.
- Decide before trying anything that no solution can possibly exist that will solve the problems your group is having.
- Refuse offers of help.
Are there other reasons you don’t go to atheist gatherings?
What advice would you offer to group leaders if they want someone like you to show up at a meeting?
(via Secular Student Alliance)