The weekend that was: End of the holidays!  Friday night was a lovely dinner with a family from church, great to get to know them better – some great stories.

Saturday was sleep-in and then onto finalising Sunday plans, interspersed with playing on our Wii, which we’ve bought in the January sales.  The evening was a date night with Hannah, watching football followed by the new programme on eurovision.  We even sneaked in a game of Settlers of Catan, which I found myself enjoying!

Sunday was a busy day, popping into our 11-14s in the morning, and then speaking at both our 11-14s and 14-18s in the evening.  We had a number of leaders ill, and equipment not where it should be which meant the first week of speaking at both groups to keep them running felt very hard work.  From 6.30-8.20pm I was speaking/leading all night which felt exhausting.  I got home, had a go on the Wii, and then stayed up late to watch the FA Cup highlights – some good games, although Liverpool have got a tough draw in the next round against Everton!

On my to-do list this week: Speaking a lot in the next few weeks so need to get prep done, vision for our schools work – good conversations but what are actually going to do, and finishing off the vision documents for our youth leadership team.

Procrastinating about: I need to finish the second half of the vision documents for our youth leadership team – I’ve not really been procrastinating about them, they just seem to be less urgent than other stuff happening this week.

Book I’m in the midst of: Started a new reading plan, which I’ll blog about later, but means I’m reading 3-4 books at a time.

Music that I’ve been working along to: Jools Holland – especially Bloodsucker Blues.

How I’m feeling about this week: Very busy, and a need to get planning.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Calendaring in youth ministry”

  1. Hey Chris,

    As I spend more time in ministry, the more I realize the need for planning events well in advance.

    The biggest factor is PARENTS, I’ve found. If parents are aware of a trip as soon as possible, the less likely a vacation will be scheduled to conflict with the trip.

    Some camps/retreat centers book a year in advance and fill up fast, so sometimes booking that far ahead is required.

    During the school year, this gives kids a chance to prepare for it, tell their friends, and you can better plan your advertising for events.

    I also think being able to plan some sort of follow-up youth group night is important. For example, we’re going to do an urban mission trip in the fall that will expose my kids to the poverty in downtown LA. A few lessons to follow up that experience will help that experience sink in.

    I’m planning all of next academic year’s calendar (2009-2010) so that I can give the parents in my church the calendar on the first youth group of the school year, including dates for summer trips NEXT summer.

  2. Thanks Nick, great comment. Young people are so busy these days we have to plan ahead to allow them and their parents to choose us over other activities that get presented to them.

  3. Iv just spent the last week planning long and hard. I am new in my job and thought that the best way to spend Aug is long term planning then developing an annual. Thinking about vision/purpose all that jazz has really helped me get my head around a big church youth ministry. An example has been rethinking through the friday night project that seems to have been loosing its direction so after talking to volunteer and YPs we have now signed up to YFCs Rock Solid ( This seems to have started to get some new buzz about Fridays going.

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