Matt: Summer is just around the corner and for most student ministries that means a break in small groups. Summer means vacations for a lot of families so it’s easy to lose the momentum you have built in your group. Today we want to talk about ways to either keep your group going during the summer or to keep them in contact with you and each other.
- My group is going to keep meeting through the summer. We might not every single week but I want to keep this group together and keep the bond going between these guys.
- Keep your lessons light and something that if a student misses a couple weeks he won’t come back and feel lost and like he has no idea what you’re talking about.
- If your group isn’t meeting, keep in contact weekly with them either by text or phone calls. Have lunch with them, plan outings for the group. Make sure they know that you’re there if they need something or just need to talk.
- Don’t forget about parents over the summer. Keep your parent ministry going as well with e-mails about summer camp or other major events your student ministry will be holding over the summer.
Steven: Summer is a time that can be really helpful for building relationships. Typically in our ministry setting, small groups take the summer off for leaders to recharge and get ready for a new year starting in the fall. Just because you take a summer off doesn’t mean ministry has to stop!
- Like Matt, my group will be meeting over summer. When we meet over summer we do 2 things differently: focus primarily on building relationships and keeping group lighter. We won’t get into heavy Bible lessons or super convicting discussions. Instead, we want to do more fun stuff like going to the beach or hanging out to see a movie.
- Take time to do things you can’t do during the school year. I have a few students that have asked over and over to go to Disneyland, but we haven’t been able to because of school and work. Over summer, we have a lot more days to do something out of the ordinary like that.
- Build yourself as a leader. Since I’m not under the same school pressures and I don’t have to prepare a full-fledged lesson every week, I’m spending time reading resources and doing self-training so I’m ready to go when the new school year rolls around.