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If your youth ministry summer is anything like ours, it may seem like you sometimes exist for the sole purpose of moving from activity to program to activity and back to program—and that’s sometimes all on the same day! And in the hustle-and-bustle of summer activities, it’s easy to forget the power, and necessity, of a simple “thank you” to the folks serving alongside you. Our encouragement today is to take a second at the end of your next event and make sure you say thanks. A simple, genuine, word of thanks is powerful stuff! Here are a few people whom you might want to single out in the aftermath of your next youth activity:

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Almost 83 Ways to Make Sure You Say Thank You!
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Say thanks to those who worked the hardest.
In addition to a quick word of thanks, consider a hand-written note to those who gave their blood, sweat, and tears for this particular event. Keep the faithful happy and loved on and they’ll serve you well for years to come. When you go the extra mile with the highly committed…they will likely go many more miles with your ministry!
Say thanks to those who usually go unnoticed.
The janitor who cleans the carpet after a 7th-grader spilled fruit punch. The church bus driver who has to navigate traffic while listening to your group sing One Direction songs at the top of their longs. The mom who slaved in the kitchen to bake goodies for your bake sale. When you remember the people so easily forgotten, it makes a huge impact. So think back over your event and think of people who are too often invisible and show them a little love.

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Almost 83 Ways to Make Sure You Say Thank You!
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Say thanks for no reason.
“No reason” thanks are the best. Say thanks as a surprise. Say thanks when it’s unexpected. Say “I noticed” when you see something that needs to be affirmed.

Make a list today of those you need to thank for this past school year. Keep a running list of the people who contribute this summer and make sure you say thanks to them, too.

PS: Thank YOU for working with teenagers. Thought you could use it, too!

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