This could not be farther from the truth.
Starting a ministry or anything else for that matter is about quality not quantity. After and even during any ministry start-up I'm looking FIRST for quality (which of the students that showed up have the most leadership potential), second for quantity (why did 50 people turn up instead of the projected 100? what can we refine/change to see more people attend).
The faith part of a ministry is the starting of the ministry--not the numbers that follow from that start.
I've watched leaders year after year put their hope in the numbers and become disheartened about their ministry, their role, and even the Lord's hand in their life.
Yet if they re-directed their focus to the people and resources that God DID bring, and starting leveraging those for the Kingdom, they might have had an entirely different response to their start-up.
Lower your quantity goals. Focus on what God does, not what he does not do. I'm confident you will get your ministry off the ground.photo courtesy of utomjording