Fall is officially here! While it may or may not feel like Fall in your part of the country yet, the season is known for cooler weather, leaves changing, Fall festivals, Pumpkin Spice Lattes (if you’re into that sort of thing), a return to school, and a return to Football and other Fall sports. Some of these fall staples have been canceled, and others happening in new “COVID-safe” ways. Despite the unprecedented times, the season of Fall is still about dying so that new life can spring forth. While ministry in this season often speeds off, the changing weather around us invites us to pause, to slow down, and to consider what we might let go.
Ministry during a pandemic continues to be hard, but who are we kidding, ministry during normal times is also challenging! If you weren’t already fulfilling multiple roles at your Church, you might have added Tech Support, Zoom czar, or mask-enforcer to your list. We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full.
Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
Jesus offered the woman at the well living water. We know we need it, but often we’re so consumed with leading our students to the well so that they can receive the living water, we forget that we need it too.
As your Fall ministry kicks off and some type of Fall Pandemic ministry sets in, be mindful of the new rhythms that you should and need to create for yourself. Here are 3 simple ideas to help get you started. These same ideas could be used and adapted for the youth in your ministry too:
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.