Oh No! Fall is Coming

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As we near the midpoint of the summer and we take time to catch our breath, we often realize “Oh no! Fall is coming!” I think everyone in youth ministry has experienced this feeling. Don’t panic. Here is a checklist to help make sure you don’t for get anything heading into the fall:


Figure out when you are going to be taking some vacation or time off so that you can recharge. Go ahead and mark it on your calendar and tell the rest of your staff. If you aren’t rested, fall will not go well. In the unlikely event that the cabin looses pressure, please secure your mask before securing the masks of others.

Student Leaders

If you have a student leadership team, have all the information for this years team; including schedule, applications, what it means to be a student leader. Set your application deadline and start mentioning it to students.

Adult Leaders

Its time to recruit adults for your adult leadership team. Make sure you have all the information for them when you ask them to be apart of the team (time required, specific tasks, etc.). Go ahead and schedule several adult meetings for the entire school year so your adults can put them on their calendars. Also take time to think through our leader list and make sure all your volunteers are still good to lead where you think they are (do this by calling them or by face to face interactions)

Activities List

We all love to go to sporting events and other events to support our youth. Have the parents bring sports calendars, band schedules, etc. to help you be able to plan out which events you will be at in the fall.

Update Paperwork and Administrative Information

Have information cards or sign in sheets ready to get emails, phone numbers, and all that other important information. Reflect on your office schedule and adjust your office hours now so that you can publish them in the awesome fall brochure you are recruiting a volunteer to put together for you!


Mike has been working in student ministry for around 10 years now. He got his start in student ministry as an intern at St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL, and after a few years he was hired as an associate over the middle school. He is currently serving in Mobile, AL as a youth minister at Christ United Methodist Church. Mike has a passion for building relationships with students and to teach them about God’s love and grace. You can follow Mike on Twitter: @mikeyrollins and on Instagram: @mrollins83