Planning a fall calendar, let alone an annual programmatic and curriculum calendar can often be quite overwhelming. We have a couple of things going against us. 1) Most youth workers are relationally focused and to spend the hours planning ahead is a tiresome task. 2) We all think we are the smartest people we know and don't really want to share our best ideas or admit that we are out of them. But if we are all going to continue to grow and thrive in ministry and if we are going to continue to provide the best possible ministry experience for our students then planning must be a part. I highly recommend putting an annual calendar together by early August complete with program, events, and curriculum. Then roll that out in a way that works for you and your context. For us, we roll out calendars 4 times a year.
Here is our fall calendar. And thanks to the good people at youthmin.org, I was able to impress my families with a clearly communicate programmatic plan that looks really impressive. (This is last year's model. I am old and still can't keep up, so we are enjoying this template for one more year.)
Anyway, here is what we have on the books for the fall. I would love to know what you have coming up that you are fired up about!
Have a great fall launch and may God continue to use you to love kids into the Kingdom!