Summer often provides freedom in teenagers’ calendars. Use this opportunity to hang out with them. Let your volunteers know this is priority for the summer. One-on-one time helps you build relationships with teenagers who don’t know Jesus, opening doors to spiritual conversations. It also helps you disciple believers, drawing them closer to Jesus.
• Take them to the beach for the day. It doesn’t have to be an official youth group beach trip. Actually, the smaller the group, the deeper the conversations.
• Go on a hike or a bike ride. This is a great escape from entertainment media and a great setting—God’s creation.
• Take them shopping somewhere unique. Drive to a huge mall several hours away. It’s amazing the conversations you’ll have while shopping for shoes or sharing mediocre nachos in a food court.
• Go to one of the fun summer movie releases. But don’t just see a film, go for food afterward and dialogue about what you saw.