I don’t know about you but I often fool myself into thinking summer is a time when I get a break. In fact, I often believed that lie my first couple of years of ministry. Instead of feeling rested I was more stressed out hitting the fall.
The problem is that I wasn’t preparing. I would attend the camps that I had planned for the students, but that was it. The rest of the time I took it easy. While summer is a season where you can breathe it’s also an important season to:
You’ve tried everything and nothing changes. You’ve changed your program times and invested in new content but the results are the same. People aren’t showing up, no one is committing to serve and you are stuck. What once was your dream job has now just become a job.
There will be moments when ministry feels like work and that’s okay. The reality is there are seasons of growth and pruning. But, those seasons where you feel stuck can feel like torture. When that happens it’s important to:
Thanksgiving is over and now it’s that sprint before Christmas. During a time of so much to-do’s it’s easy to dance with burn out and find yourself exhausted. But, what if that didn’t have to be the case?
During our busiest seasons it’s easy to get disorganized and allow the inboxes fill up. It’s during a time when you wonder, “Is this really worth it?” To avoid burnout and really get the most out of this season:
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: