This week, I’m posting on using Spring Break (or its aftermath) well. This idea was first posted a few years ago, but I’ve expanded it a bit here.
Have you designed a process to follow your ministry’s Spring Break “event”?
It’s important not to let your college ministry’s Spring Break activity stand on its own! Use the momentum you gained, or help students not lose anything God might have done over the break. How do you do that? You add process to the event.
Even a ski trip can be followed by a process. Even if your college ministry’s Spring Break is focused on community-building and fun, there can be some sort of a process to follow. Deepen the community that develops. Jump off on some spiritual themes that arise during the trip. Have a reunion, or hold a “debrief” of the conversations along the way.
Of course, this need is all the more obvious when your ministry has gone on a mission trip, sent students off to serve, etc.
The point is: A process makes the event MATTER far more. Too many “mountaintop experiences” without lasting fruit dot the landscape of your students’ testimonies: You have the chance to do something different, something with less of an expiration date. (I was fortunate to learn this from Tim Elmore long ago.)
And yes, you can also encourage your students to come up with their own “post-event process,” especially if your students accomplished all sorts of different things over the Break.