In a recent meeting, my senior pastor reminded our staff that the church is supposed to be countercultural. One way we can be countercultural is by helping people slow down and linger.
One way to do that, in turn, especially in a youth ministry context, is to take a week off.
To be clear, I'm not just saying YOU should take a week off (though that's important, too).
I'm saying that on occasion, your entire ministry should take the week off.
Now as someone who advocates taking the summer off of youth ministry programming, perhaps it's not surprising that I'd also be in favor of taking the occasional week off. Nevertheless, it's important to understand the reasons behind this decision. Here they are.
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