(This is a guest post from my friend, Josh Windeler.? He is a youth pastor and member of the SYMConference Inside Track Team.? ? ? I.T. Team people: if you’re in a smaller church? and want to post this summer, IM me on FB. I love hearing from different? voices.? ? ? ? SC)
Ahhhh yes…Summer is here. With it comes the sweet smell of freshly cut grass, burgers on the grill and the smell of middle school boys who haven’t discovered deodorant yet.
If you’re like me, you’ve already mapped out everything what you plan to do with your youth group this summer.? Included is a variety of activities designed to maximize the enormous potential of your youth group. And, if you live in the real world, you know that plans can change. You’ve already had to adapt and overcome obstacles, significantly changing “the master plan.” So here you are at the start of summer, looking at the next few months, thinking “how do I keep these teens focused on Jesus Christ?”
While the typical summer activities include things like car washes and camping out in your backyard, they don’t really keep your kids living their lives daily for Christ. I have a couple of ideas that can make a permanent impact on your group:
1) Go to a summer camp (if possible).
2) Line up some local ministry events.
3) Get a to-do list from your senior pastor to help people around the church.
In other words: get out there for Christ, be His hands and feet. Since we do these things to give God the glory, be sure to include a devotional at each activity. This generation needs action, so let’s give it to them.