Thursday, May 20, 2010

change of pace

Every summer at Relevant Student Ministry we CHANGE THE PACE of what we do with students. Changing the pace helps us...
  • give small group leaders a change of pace / break (small group leader still do ministry but they are just as busy as everyone else in the summer!)
  • keep teens engaged (doing the same thing over and over gets BORING)
  • give our student band and creative team time to prepare for fall
  • help teens experience a "new thing" every summer
  • focus our efforts on High School and Middle School camp and mission trips
  • meet with more teens one on one and in small groups with the goal of connecting and investing
  • build momentum for the fall (how do you ever build momentum if you never pause?)
Changing the pace doesn't mean we stop doing ministry because our school year environment stops...we just mix it up and try stuff. One of the things we are trying this summer are three gatherings we are calling Remix UNITED. One message series through the entire summer, one theme we are trying to drive home, a new communicator and worship leader for the summer, a new service flow planned for every night, and surprises that we really can't talk about right now! Will it work...not really sure, but that is what a change of pace is all about. We are taking a risk and willing to see how it turns out! 

I challenge you to think about how you can change the pace in the environment you lead this summer.

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