Any ideas for keeping kids coming to your youth ministries over the summer? When I was a teen the fondest memories of youth group came from the summer ministries. Summer seems to open up a lot of doors for outreach and discipleship. But apparently, out here in Denver, the summer ministries really struggle in attendance and involvement. Our attendance has been MORE THAN CUT IN HALF over the summer. And the teens that do come are different every week. We were pulling 40-50 in the middle of the school year. As soon as summer hit we could be at 25 one week and 10 the next. And the group of 10 will be almost altogether different from the group of 25.
I had hoped that since there is a lot more time on teen's hands during the summer we could get more ministry accomplished. But getting them to come out to meetings, and even our "fun and happenin" activities have been proven very difficult. I never like for attendance to dictate what I do and don't do. In fact, I break the typical mold when it comes to activities. I shy away from too many. My desires is not to fill seats, but to disciples teens. However I have sincerely missed some of our students who have dropped off the face of the earth. I had also hoped to be able to reach some more kids of our community since there summer seems to provide a lot of opportunity for that - perhaps I'm wrong.
Any ideas that you as youth leaders or youth pastors have had for summer ministries? I have heard of some youth ministries even cutting out there regular meetings over the summer all together. Do you change your format over the summer?