Yesterday I talked about why I love summer so much in student ministry. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses. There are some parts of the summer that are hard and that are a struggle. Here are a few that come to my mind.
- All of our volunteers are coming and going on vacation. Don’t get me wrong – they need it and deserve it! But, the downside is that some momentum is lost and relationships can get stalled for a few months if volunteers don’t make a very conscious effort to amp up their contacting during these months when everyone is coming and going.
- Students are coming and going. Between vacations, camp, sports playoffs and all of the other stuff that is a part of summer, students are in and out a lot – just like volunteers. Just like with volunteers being in and out, momentum can be lost and that’s hard.
- If you have your own kids, the pressure of wanting to spend time with your family while they’re off from school versus wanting to spend time with your students who are more available, along with all of the added summer events and activities, can create a tension that needs to be navigated. I’m not sure that I’ve gotten this figured out completely yet. I just know that trying to manage this tension (along with coaching baseball and a personal ministry to the lost around me and trying to keep up with extended family like my brothers and mom) is a crazy pressure that is not easy to get excited about and can quickly wear me down.
What about you? What are the worst/hardest aspects of summer in student ministry? What am I missing?