Josh Griffin has been in youth ministry for 16+ years in 1 small church and 1 big church. He currently serves as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
“Ah, summer ministry is finally here. The change of pace and the escape from church office hours is welcomed; the excitement of camp is all around you. Summer can be one of the most influential seasons in ministry—here’s why we love it and why your summer activities matter so much.
Embrace the change of pace.
When things change, people pay more attention. When you shake things up over the summer you’ve got a chance to be creative in your teaching style, or give guest speakers a new voice to your students (and we don’t mean expensive guest speakers…we mean student leaders, the dad with a cool testimony, etc.). Don’t let the summer be the same old thing—time to experiment!
Plan things to be ultra-relational.
Summer activities are an excuse to hang out with students. Take advantage of that opportunity. Dial down the program and work hard to create space for conversations and real life to be exposed. You might be surprised how the barriers come down when it isn’t over-programmed. Keep a journal and at the end of summer it will be exciting to see how God worked.
Make sure you make some “me” time.
If you’re not careful, you could plan out every waking minute of the summer and end up burned out by August. Don’t make this mistake; usually youth workers make it once and learn from it, or didn’t survive and changed professions by the next summer.
Summer activities build momentum for the kickoff of the school year.
A great summer makes for a great fall—work hard to invest in your people this summer and the returns will last until Christmas.”