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The Time Zones of Youth Ministry

 —  May 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This post is generated from a dare I received from members of a “dear to my heart” team of youth countdown-clockworkers: the “In The Trenches Team.” These are amazing folks who’ve been woven together from the strong threads of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference and breathe youth ministry. So here you are, Ben Halsch and David John Perez, as I sit at 36K ft winging my way from Houston to Minn so I can catch a plane to Phoenix. (Talk about time zones.)

1) “Summer in YM” Time Zone: This is best described as “buy a new air mattress and a new pair of good flip flops” because both are key to arriving at the end of the summer in one piece. I personally don’t wear flip flops the rest of the year so I always have to go through a pre-conditioning time for the space between my toes so the thingamajiggy on the flip-flops doesn’t give me a blister.

2) “Adjustable Church Office Hours” Time Zone: There are a few times of the year where office hours are best left in the “I won’t watch your hours if you don’t watch mine” zone. This time zone includes Summer and the week between Christmas and Easter.

3) “After the Youth Go Back to School But Before Church Programming Starts Again” Time Zone: This is the greatest two week period of the year and can also be known as “the youth pastors’s vacation.” (Not to be confused with mission trips or summer camp which some church members mistakenly call “the youth pastor’s vacation. #$&%*)

4) The “Why Clean the Youth Room; its Summer” Time Zone: Awwww, who am I kidding? This is an “all year long” time zone for many youth peeps.

5) “Lesson Shmesson” Time Zone: Known in some areas “officially” as the “Let’s talk about cultural topics” time zone, it’s really the “I don’t feel like preparing a lesson; let’s just hang tonight” zone.

Maybe I’m not setting a good example here. Hope no SP’s are reading this.


Stephanie Caro

Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

One response to The Time Zones of Youth Ministry

  1. This is top notch. I relate with every single one of these.

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