I personally know of several youth groups that shut down because of their proximity to a lake or local activity that keeps teenagers busy, while other student ministries seem to amp up their programs and significantly grow during this season.
Youth worker Austin McCann offers some great thoughts that will help you spend more time with students, no matter what your situation may be.
Like many student pastors I struggle with finding time to hangout with students. In the summer I feel this struggle more than ever… Let’s face it, you can’t leave the office and spend everyday with students this summer. If you do, you will probably get fired! But how do we manage hanging out with our students this summer while making sure all the office work gets done and our ministry doesn’t fall apart? [ READ MORE ]
Austin believes it may be as simple as:
- Get to the office earlier.
- Take them along with you.
- Do stuff at night.
- Take them out to lunch.
What have you found that works for you in the summer?