July 27, 2009

Big Events vs Weekly Programming

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:00 am

I’ve just finished a season of big events: summer camp, Super Summer, Youth Night, & Bridge 67 (our welcome to youth ministry event for the new 7th graders).  And have 1 more (Summer Meltdown – jr high lock-in) before our Fall schedule begins.

Big events are great.  They require tons of planning, preparation, meetings, organization, etc.  They are/can be useful in achieving your ministry’s purpose. However, is it the week to week programming that is more valuable?

  • Would we rather have great weekly Bible study classes than a weekend of a great Bible studies?
  • Would I rather have impactful weekly youth worship services, than 1 incredible week of camp?
  • Would we rather have groups of teen that meet w/ a caring adult to be discipled on a regular basis than a few days of small group sharing & discipleship at a camp/retreat?

Why is it that our budgets place all/most of the importance on the big events rather than on the week to week stuff?
What if we viewed this (& every) Wednesday night as the big event?
What if our big events supported the week to week ministries rather than signal that our regular meetings weren’t that important?

Lots of questions, & not many answers.  I think it takes both big events & quality weekly programming.  I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I’m wondering if the weekly events isn’t more important than the big events.

What’s the role of big events in your youth ministry?  Do they support your weekly events?

Is there anyone who purposefully doesn’t do any big events in youth ministry?


1 Comment »

  1. I like the way you are thinking, Neil. God has good things for you…

    I think another question to add to the list is this…
    How do big events help prepare students for the rest of their church experience? What happens when they are 22 and there are no more big events in their church experience…I think we are seeing what happens…and I think we need to think about that…

    cya, man…


    PS. I think I can still take you in basketball…=)

    Comment by Brian — July 27, 2009 @ 8:45 am

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