So how do you make the most of summer activities? Here are a few ways that might help you fall in love with summer as your favorite season of ministry:
Give your summer interns or key volunteers a chance to lead.
Take the summer off from teachingâ€”and work on getting some of your people up front. Better yet, consider asking students to teach a series as well. Just because youâ€™re not speaking doesnâ€™t mean that it wonâ€™t be work for you helping coach them and assist in crafting their talks, but the effort will be worth it. You get a chance to listen and be refreshed while less experienced teachers are being developed.
Try something newâ€¦really new.
This summer, we brainstormed up a ton of new ways to engage students. We came up with something that is super new â€¦ The Zombie Apocalypse. The whiteboard is filled with ideas on how to make this thing epic â€“ think capture-the-flag + zombies and youâ€™ll get the idea. Will it work? Will I (Josh) lose my job? Who knows, but no one will say weâ€™re content with the same old summer activities. HA! If you need ideas, and didnâ€™t read last weekâ€™s articlesâ€¦shame on you. Now that you are shamed, go read those for a bunch of ideas.
Capture as many text numbers as you can.
Use the summer to expand your contact list. For us, itâ€™s our texting groupâ€”we want this to grow significantly heading into fall. This will help you message a ton more students when you start promoting small groups or your fall kickoff teaching series. When a student signs up for an event, make one of the required fields their phone number and a check-box allowing you to text them. They can opt out on their phones at any time.
I think weâ€™ve said this enough the past 2 weeks, but itâ€™s because we donâ€™t want you to miss it! Relationships are the point; donâ€™t lose sight of that during summer. Whatever you plan is pretty much an excuse to have conversations and challenge students in their faith. Make the most of your summer activities!
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.