Even though school has not let out here in Maryland, we are already in summer mode. That doesn’t mean we shut things down or fill our days up with summer camps and events; we simply alter our schedule.
We tone down programming, keep things simple and maintain our pace. The goal in summer is to prepare for the fall while staying in touch with the teens.
Your summers are so important. How you approach them will determine your readiness for the fall. There is a tendency by many youth ministers to either overload their schedule or completely check out. If you are going to do youth ministry for the long haul, you need to treat the summer with the same focus and attention that you do every other season. If you take advantage of this, you’ll find yourself:
Don’t waste your summer by over-planning or completely checking out. Develop a strategy, and take advantage of summer's laid-back feeling. By capitalizing on the summer, you’ll be more ready for the fall.
What do you do with your summers? Share your comments below.
Chris Wesley is the director of student ministry at the Roman Catholic parish church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md. Connect with Chris on Twitter at @chrisrwesley.
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