As the school year comes to an end and with summer quickly approaching, it’s easy to become a little more relaxed in our youth ministries. But is that a good thing? Should we really be slowing things down over the summer, or is this the time to invest more in our connections with students? In this episode, join ministry leaders as they discuss the pros and cons of summer programming and what it looks like to implement an effective summer strategy.
- The pros and cons between shutting down youth ministry programming for the summer versus continuing programming (6:44)
- If you continue programming, lean into the idea that summer will be different than during the school year (11:37)
- The difference between a summer strategy and hosting summer events (12:56)
- Summer strategies vary from church to church (16:37)
- How to connect with students of different backgrounds throughout the summer (17:53)
- Creative ways youth ministries can take advantage of open summer schedules (18:46)
- Setting small group leader goals (29:20)
- How to handle graduated seniors during the summer (31:24)
- What youth ministry leaders should do during the summer (36:10)
- How to avoid getting discouraged by low attendance (45:14)
QUOTES FROM THIS EPISODE
Lower attendance during the summer is an opportunity to create deeper connections with students. —Candice Wynn Click To TweetThe energy of your ministry during the summer is going to be different. Own it and plan around it. —Brett Talley Click To TweetYou have to make a lot of mistakes in your programming to find out what works for your community. —Ashley Bohinc Click To TweetFind creative ways to measure the success of your student ministry during the summer that don’t revolve around butts in seats. —Ashley Bohinc Click To TweetUse the summer to communicate to students that a relationship with God continues even when programming doesn’t. —Crystal Chiang Click To Tweet
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
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Resource: XP3 Quit Kit
VOICES IN THIS EPISODE
Brett is an XP3 Orange Specialist with Orange after spending 11 years in full time ministry. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2004. They have three amazing and hilarious kids who constantly keep them busy and laughing. He loves baseball, golf and makes amazing turkey melt sandwiches (if he has the time and ingredients, otherwise they’re just average).
Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
Candice Wynn currently serves as an Orange Students Specialist. After graduating from Florida A&M University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Candice became an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Since then, she has served as both a Youth and Next Generation Pastor for over 13 years in the Southeast. Candice is infatuated with all things urban and artsy. As such, she and her husband, Maxim, often spend their weekends creating graffiti art, baking cupcakes with their two children, Mason and Sunni, or sneaking off for a date—when they can find a sitter.
Crystal currently leads the XP3 High School initiative at Orange. Before that, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from leading small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Alpharetta, GA with an ill-tempered chihuahua named Javier.
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