Christmas Break, Does Not Mean a Break From Ministry
Many years back I met with my executive pastor who challenged me to grow the student ministry during the Christmas break. At first I pushed back saying that, “we shut down during Christmas season because most teens are off doing family things.” He then looked back at me and asked,”most teens?” Then I realized that this challenge is definitely one I can take on.
Typically, there is truth that many teens head on vacation, are booked up with family stuff but despite all these possible distractions some teens sit at home thirsty for community. Here are a couple of ideas that are low preparation and high impact that your team can do to continue ministry during the busy Christmas season.
I know there are many more ideas out there. The focus of the Christmas break is not to create huge events but instead create simple events that enable for connections to develop. You will also notice that these simple opportunities tend to invite those not attending your student ministry. Building relationships with those new teens enabled my student ministry to grow; thus accomplishing the challenged from my executive pastor. What are other events that are low preparation, yet high impact that your ministry team can do this Christmas break?
Trevor Lee currently serves as the Family Life Pastor at Life Community Church, a restarted church located east of Seattle. In total Trevor has spent nearly a decade serving children, students and families in a variety of church environments around the Pacific Northwest.