It’s nice and sunny out. You’ve got shorts and sandals on and you kick back and relax with your laptop, some good tunes and a drink from Starbucks. This is your favorite part of doing youth ministry. Summertime Ministry.
Now don’t get me wrong this is me a good number of days out of the summer. I love to work from the park or beach and just relax and absorb some sun. However I think it is important not to get to relaxed over the summertime. Many youth workers come upon their demise during summer. It is either the time when they are fired or it is a time when things start to crumble around them.
I think this is because sometimes excellence can be lost during the summer. Students are off in different directions, many ministries shut down their programs and some youth workers don’t even see a single student during the summer. This to me is a problem. Not shutting down programs, or youth being off in different directions. But the lack of excellence.
It is important to strive for excellence in everything we do. Whether you spend your summer prepping your teaching arc and calendar for the next school year, or you are still running programs full tilt. You need to be doing it to the best of your abilities, which can be hard with the many distractions of summer.
Here are some ways in which I am striving to hit excellence this summer:
- Meet with students on a regular scheduled basis over the summer. (Might be different students, on different days) I want to touch base with as many students as possible so they know I am part of their life, not just wanting them for their number.
- Put some creative juices into our fall calendar. I want next year to have some new and fresh events we have never done before. I am also hoping that we teach some things in fresh new ways to kick off the year in an impactful way for our students. And I want to plan out my teaching now to try to carry and build that momentum all through the year. I don’t want to piece it together as I go.
- Read something for me! I love to read but over this last little bit my reading has been focused on Seminary texts and articles for a class I have been taking and another one I have been teaching. I want to read something that will inspire my creativity and bring a new energy to my brain.
- Keep my boss and coworkers in the loop. Summer can be a little disconnected for our team here at the church. Different people going on different vacations, running programs differently and it can create hiccups. So my goal is to keep my boss and co workers in the loop with what I am doing and where I am going. And I am even going to touch base with my boss in ways that are meaningful to him (Read here about an article on this)
I hope that you all have a refreshing summer of fun and family. But I also hope that you have a season of ministry excellence whether it is a season of regular programming or slowed down and meticulous planning.
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. You can follow his blog at: kylecorbin.blogspot.com or Twitter: @CorbinKyle