Summer is always an interesting time in ministry isn’t it? I was thinking the other day about how a lot of places get really chill during the summer months. For me it might be the opposite. But the thing that is definitely different is the amount of opportunities that we have to connect with students and their friends during the summer.
Talking with a mentor the other day, he was explaining that churches generally go crazy with their events during the summer. Trying to do everything in 3 months or they do nothing. They shut down services and do very little programming.
Interesting that we have a tough time finding that balance isn’t it? Also interesting that we probably talk with our people about that balance a lot.
Through all the things going on in the summer for you, I’d like to share a few things that I make a priority in the summer.
One of the things that I love about the summer is the chance to really dive into some good books. I’m usually reading all year round, but the summer gives me a chance to review my list for the year and also make some changes to my list.
If you are looking for a place to start with some books for the summer, Orange has a great list of resources on their summer reading list.
Summer is a unique opportunity to catch people with their guard down. How many people do you see at your neighborhood pool? It’s a chance to see people outside with their families and a great time to interact with them.
Even though their are quite a few on vacation, there are also a few that are doing a lot of planning and theorizing. What a great time to ask questions and learn. Pick up the phone and make some phone calls.
The summer is definitely a time to get prepared for the next year of ministry. I think I might take another post to walk through what this looks like for me, but I will just tell you that you should make the most of this time!
Working through teaching calendar, event planning, and even goals (*gasp*) could set you up for greater focus for the next year.
So where do you lean on summer programming? What are some must do things during your summer?