We’re halfway through Revival. Surprisingly, I have extra free time this week. We’re not having our Youth’s Wednesday Night service tomorrow, so other than running sound I don’t have much to do.
That seems to be the thing with ministry. Leading up to Revival I was busy promoting, making posters, etc. (Youth Ministers in small churches are the default IT/Advertising/Promotions guys). That’s done, so now I wait. I finally extracted camp forms and releases from my students, and mailed it in. VBS is coming in August. We’ve got our materials, set the schedule yesterday, and some new members have stepped up and said they would work!
I’m running sound again with my wife for Revival, so I’m making sure that we have all the tracks, songs lyrics in our presentation software, etc. We have the same man leading worship this year, I think he read my Tales from the Church Soundbooth post. This year he’s been much better letting us know what songs he’s doing before worship starts. [He also has a Corvette that was a blast to drive!]
Basically, in the boom and bust cycle of ministry, I’m about to hit a bust after Wednesday (the last night of Revival). Yay. About the middle of June we go to camp #1, then July is camp #2, finally VBS is in August. Then vacation to the Grand Canyon.
Overall, Spring was better than Fall in attendance. Many of our kids that were uninvolved have come back, and we’ve added about 4 new regulars. Our association does what we call “Teen Evangelism Nights” (TEN) where students share there testimonies, or whatever God has led them to say. These are refreshing events, last time 6 students accepted Christ during a student led invitation. How awesome is that!? I didn’t do a Disciple Now this spring, but I think I’m going to plan one next spring. Now we’re just gearing up for VBS.
We chose to do VBS at the end of Summer this year. This is mainly to build momentum heading into fall. If we have the numbers last year we can incorporate this kids and their families into our Fall ministries. My thought process is that when you do VBS at the beginning of summer you get people into church, but then they go on vacation, they visit relatives, and since they didn’t really have the habit of coming to church they don’t pick it back up in the Fall. At least that’s my theory.
So now it’s just the calm before the storm of summer.
Thanks for Reading,