It’s possible that the greatest challenge a church staff faces during the summer is the lack of continuity from week to week. This is especially true of a team where several members have kids in school which limits the opportunity to take time off during the school year. Sure their kiddos get a long Christmas break, but taking a vacation prior to Christmas is the church staff equivalent to treason. Since this is the only real opportunity for an extended break, add in mission trips and youth camps that they lead, it becomes easier to find a good hair day for Donald Trump than to find a day where all the staff is present.
If you lead or are part of a church staff or volunteer team, ask yourself, “What is our typical response to a week where multiple staff members are out?” If you answer that you lean in to this reality and find creative ways to keep your team together, then go ahead and close your computer, and enjoy your day. (If you are one of these people, please share in the Comment Section some ideas of your creative ideas). However, if you answer had anything to do with meeting less frequently, or relying on email to communicate, you need to keep reading.
Hopefully, it doesn’t take much convincing that fewer staff meetings does not translate into better communication and collaboration. Don’t get me wrong, I get it. I understand why that’s the typical response. For one, if seems like “What’s the point?” Why spend time in another meeting that doesn’t mean anything because, 1) key decision makers aren’t there, and 2) we’ll just have to rehash these ideas again when everyone returns. Valid points for sure, but unfortunately the end result is either waiting too long to make big decisions vital to the success of the fall, and/or the staff loses momentum little by little each week during the summer, until there is little momentum heading into the fall.
Think about how great this year’s Fall Kickoff could be if your team were to maximize it’s summer to have a great fall. There wouldn’t be the last minute decisions that are too late to execute well, and the team would be so focused and jazzed about what God is going to do during the fall that they can’t wait until September comes along. The big question is HOW? With the vacation struggles already established, how can this be accomplished?
Well, the answer is too long to put in a single blog post so I’m gonna throw out a shameless plug. I’m hosting a series of live webinar events the next two weeks called “Seizing Summer: How to Maximize Your Summer to Have a Great Fall.” It’s completely free, and I know that what we discuss can make a huge impact on this summer and fall in your church. You can find out more, and register for a time by CLICKING HERE! The event is 60 minutes and we will discuss some very practical ways that your church can maximize the summer. This is for any leader of any ministry, whether the entire church staff, or other ministries leading teams of volunteers. I can’t wait to see you there!