Yesterday our parish had it’s annual offsite staff day. It’s an exercise going back years to help us get on the same page to create an amazing year of message series, programs and ministry. In a way it’s our most important day as staff.
Whether you follow an academic or calendar year it’s important to spend time with the team to plan your best year ever. But, it’s not as simple as gathering around a table and asking the question, “How are we going to do this?” You need to make sure you:
One of the hardest things for me to learn in youth ministry was how to set a schedule. Busy seasons would turn into the norm and instead of feeling excited about what I do I grew tired and resentful.
I know I’m not alone, it’s something I hear from youth ministers I talk to regularly. Setting a schedule is difficult and if you don’t set one yourself someone is going to set it for you. If you are feeling like your schedule is a little crazy (Or doesn’t exist) make sure you start:
We’re shutting down our regular youth ministry program this week. It’s something we do every year. We close up shop for a few weeks as we transition into summer mode. Some think it’s a time to wind down, but in reality it’s a great time to get ramped up.
While summer is the perfect time to offer camp and mission trips it’s also an opportune time to get ready for fall. Before you get sucked up into the summer fun make sure you:
The snow is melting at a rapid rate and the temperature is finally manageable. You can almost taste summer and that means summer camps, volunteer training and content planning are on the horizon.
While summer’s official start is still a few months away, it’s important to start preparing now. If you can get ahead of the curve you can maximize your time and be better prepared for the juggernaut that fall brings.
To approach the summer correctly you need to:
I used to get angry when people critiqued my speaking ability. They said I would speak too long, or I made too many points. The truth was that I lacked discipline.
Youth ministry is messy but it needs structure. In order to create a laid back, relational, come as you are environment you need to have systems in place. The problem is: