Today, my family and I began day one of a week-long vacation. We'll be spending our time in Eastern Washington visiting my in-laws. If your kids are anything like ours, they're sleeping longer, playing more and trying to make the most of each and every sun-filled day.
Summer months can be a great time for teens to invite their friends and build ministry momentum as we ramp up for the Fall but, unfortunately, most ministries tend to see a dip in attendance due to vacations or extended-length family activities during these longer days.
Many families tend to prioritize relaxation and entertainment over church or church-related activities and the students we are used to seeing week in and week but disappear during the Summer but faithfully return in the Fall.
Unfortunately, this can send an unintended message to teens that "God Stuff" is seasonal. Additionally, teens (and adults alike) can miss out on important relationship-building opportunities which may lead to Spiritual Lethargy.
If your family is going to be taking a hiatus from church this summer, I strongly recommend being intentional about spending some time together, as a family, in the Word and in prayer for one another.
Rob Brower is the Student Minister at Mountain View Church in Tumwater, WA where he lives with his wife and three kids.