Summer is coming.
I know you are in need of a break, a holiday. You should take some time to recharge your batteries.
But don’t miss out on a great opportunity because of holidays. Please hear me out. Take your holidays, change gears this summer…but also maximize the summer.
Summer can be one of the most fruitful times of the year for you and your youth ministry. Here are 4 things you can do to get the most out of your summer.
Pour into Your Soul
Make a summer plan for your soul. If you don’t take the time to make a plan you will waste those couple of months. The potential of feeding your soul is too important to leave to random chance.
Things you could plan for are;
- a few books you want to read
- a personal day retreat for prayer, fasting, and scripture reading
- listen to a bunch of sermons or podcasts
- study a book of Scripture
Think back to the middle of November and how stressed you were. What would happen if you could do something this summer to relieve all of that future stress? In fact there is plenty that you can do.
- map out sermon series for the year
- make a worship team schedule for the Fall
- find or create all of your small group curriculum
- plan all of your volunteer training meetings
Hang Out OFTEN!!!
None of your students are in school. Let me say it again, your students are either on holidays or sitting at home.
This is primetime for relational youth ministry. You should be hanging out with students almost every day you are working. My advise is to spend the mornings in the office doing planning or pouring into your soul (because your students are sleeping anyways). Then in the afternoons you are hanging out with students.
This doesn’t have to cost tons of money, but you can;
- go out for an ice cream cone
- buy slurpee’s
- go geocaching
- have students help you plan future events
I would encourage you to not shut down your programming during the summer. Still have that main gathering point for the students.
Now it can be a much simpler version of what you plan during the year. The key is that you gather, invest in their lives and continue to build momentum during the summer.
One of the churches I was a youth pastor at this is what our summer youth night looked like;
- Game: we started each night with a simple group game (dodge ball, bump)
- Lesson: for the lesson I used a video curriculum. My job was to create conversation and cause them to think and grow (not write and preach a sermon).
- Food: we always had simple, cheap food to eat afterward. It ranged from ice cream, freezes or pop corn. It was summer and we wanted to have fun.
By keeping this simple program going (that a volunteer could run when I was on holidays) allowed us to keep and generate momentum going into the Fall.
Summer time is coming so make a plan to get the most out of it for you and your youth ministry!