Take A Vacation Last year I experienced the blues and my pastor suggested I take an actual vacation. A few days off here and a few days off there are fine, but they don’t have the same effect a solid vacation will provide. We need time away from the office and a chance for God to pour into us. Furthermore, our families need this as well. Finally, make sure to take your vacation before the summer starts. Last year I took mine in late July, but I really needed it before than. Plan accordingly. If you haven’t planned a vacation yet, don’t worry; you still have time to take one before the summer starts!

Go To A Conference

I believe every youth pastor should attend one conference a year. Moreover, I believe it’s even better if you can attend a conference in the fall and spring.  Conferences are a great time to worship without responsibilities and a chance to meet new people. Furthermore, they’re opportunities for you to hone your skills and get the creative juices flowing again. If you can, attend a conference that is a couple of days long. I know it can be pricey, but they’re worth. If you don’t have money for it, talk to your pastor about seeing if your church can pay for it, and if not, add it to your budget for next year. Conferences are like camp for adults. Just make sure there’s no purpleing going on, unless your spouse is with you!

Worship At Another Church

Yes, this means you have to take a Sunday off; however, it’s worth it. It’s amazing how refreshed you can be by attending a different worship service. Hearing a different voice and worshiping with a different group of people helps us to refocus ourselves for the future task at hand. Furthermore, it’s a great opportunity to see what other body of believers are doing. When you decide what church you’re going to attend, call the youth pastor up and let him know you are coming. See if they can give you a tour of their church, and if they’ll have lunch with you. Take this time to learn about a different ministry philosophy and see how God is moving among their body of believers. Be willing to worship and learn! In the end, it’s important to track your spiritual health. Just like we plan events around certain parts of the year, we need to do so with our spiritual care. If you are experiencing the same type of spiritual slumps during a particular part of the year, then the best thing you can do is plan accordingly to combat the slumps. Learn what does and doesn’t work for you so you can get the most out of the way you take care of yourself!

What do you believe causes the “Summer Time Blues?”

What are some conferences you would recommend to attend?

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9 Comments

  1. I can see what you mean with worship at another church, but I know a lot of churches, mine included, would very much frown upon the idea of their youth pastor going to another church. I think the only time it's acceptable (in many churches eyes) is when you're on vacation. As for what causes the summertime blues, not quite sure. I don't feel like I have the blues right now, im greatly looking forward to Summer. If anything, id call it more springitis, giving up on the remaining few weeks of spring for a better summer.
    • The odds are you probably would have to take a vacation day to go worship at another church on Sunday. However, you could talk to your leaders about taking a Sunday for a "research" day. It would benefit churches more if they allowed their staff to do that. In the end, they would probably make you take a vacation day anyways, but in my opinion, its worth it if you need a breather.
  2. I can see what you mean with worship at another church, but I know a lot of churches, mine included, would very much frown upon the idea of their youth pastor going to another church. I think the only time it's acceptable (in many churches eyes) is when you're on vacation. As for what causes the summertime blues, not quite sure. I don't feel like I have the blues right now, im greatly looking forward to Summer. If anything, id call it more springitis, giving up on the remaining few weeks of spring for a better summer.
    • The odds are you probably would have to take a vacation day to go worship at another church on Sunday. However, you could talk to your leaders about taking a Sunday for a "research" day. It would benefit churches more if they allowed their staff to do that. In the end, they would probably make you take a vacation day anyways, but in my opinion, its worth it if you need a breather.
  3. Great post, Josh. I think the stress of getting ready for the big summer combined with the long Spring semester make it a tough time for Youth Ministry. It's like the "calm before the storm." Good ideas on how to combat this season.
    • Thanks Keith. Sometimes when the summer is finally planned out, it can become a little overwhelming when you look at all the things taking place. I always tell myself to take it one event at a time.
  4. Great post, Josh. I think the stress of getting ready for the big summer combined with the long Spring semester make it a tough time for Youth Ministry. It's like the "calm before the storm." Good ideas on how to combat this season.
    • Thanks Keith. Sometimes when the summer is finally planned out, it can become a little overwhelming when you look at all the things taking place. I always tell myself to take it one event at a time.

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