Students have spent their entire summer waiting for school to be back in session.
Ok, that statement isn’t true.
Honestly, they are probably dreading school, structure, and homework.
But the fall semester is an incredible time for ministries to get back into a normal routine and do some awesome ministry.
Now that the summer sprint is over, it is time for you to fall back into a sustainable rhythm of ministry.
Below are 7 tips for an incredible fall semester.
7 Tips For An Incredible Fall Semester
Bring Your Adult Leaders Up To Speed
This is the perfect time to remind your leaders about the importance of serving families. Leaders need encouragement to continue serving each semester. Nothing is more compelling than showing how their service is transforming lives. Go ahead and communicate when and where you plan on meeting the rest of the semester.
Create a Fall Calendar
Seriously. Spend an afternoon and outline all of the major events and deadlines that are coming up this fall. Your students will get excited about future events. Your leaders will think you are an administrative genius. The parents will appreciate you stellar communication skills. Once your calendar is completed make sure it looks sharp before you print it. Pull in someone else if you aren’t great at graphic work. Then print them on VistaPrint.
Send Out Your Small Group Leader Lessons
Back in the day the only option for curriculum were printed books we bought for our leaders. Now with the option to go paperless, I see many children and student pastors send the lesson out only a few days in advance. Sure, some of your leaders are slackers and won’t look at the lesson any earlier. But for your organized and invested leaders, the earlier the better they are prepared. Send out the trendy looking PDF with the semester outline that is provided in your resources so leaders know the spiritual direction for the semester.
Meet With School Administrators
Your local schools need to know that you are invested in their success, not just taking students from their schools. Meeting with school administrators early in the fall semester allows you to see what needs are present, talk through ideas you have to serve on campus, and ensures the administration knows who you are.
Meet With Non-Profit School Groups
FCA, Teens For Christ, YoungLife, and the like need your help. And to be honest, you need their help. These groups are the missionaries serving your local schools. Each group tends to know the needs of the school better than the area family ministries. Partner with them, serve alongside of them, and back them with your budget by buying food for their events.
Send Students A Card
Mailed cards connect with students in an age of digital noise. Have you already created the fall calendar? Great! Mail that and write a two sentence blurb about how stoked you are for this student to be involved this fall semester.
Communicate Your Weekly Routine
The summer came at you like a wrecking ball and now it is time to get back into your rhythms. Sit down with your direct supervisor and layout your schedule for the fall. Don’t make your supervisor create your schedule – that is your role. Simply talk through the shifts and communicate where you will be each day. This saves your neck from looking like a slacker with no office hours. Don’t forget to communicate when you are taking time off.
There are huge opportunities to minister in the fall. What else are you focusing on?