Here is what our year generally looks like: We start off each year with a fall retreat where we spend our time talking about the vision and direction for the coming year. As part of this conversation we cover the teaching topics that will be taught that year. We also cover all the big events, friends' nights, winter camps and our spring service focus. The other portion of the weekend is spent on spiritual formation and leadership development. Of course, there is a fun component to the weekend. A couple things we have done are stay in a local hotel that has a pool, and stay overnight at the church and play somewhere fun during the day. Bottom line is be creative in what you do to build some team unity.
Over the course of the year we generally meet twice a month. During these meetings we cover a multitude of things, but usually one of those above mentioned three areas gets the bulk of the time. We focus on spiritual formation, where we spend some time covering a passage of Scripture or developing a spiritual habit. We also look at leadership development where we cover topics such as serving, integrity and time management. The third area that will get primary time is youth ministry programming. This is where we plan events, talk about the health of the group, or where I will bounce ideas off the team.
Next is our spring retreat, which is more of a team service project. We spend the weekend together serving and planning our summer. We have gone to a camp we partner with and done work, and volunteered at one of our other campuses.
The year finishes with a trip to Doug Fields Student Leadership Conference in California. This is a great trip with time to celebrate all God has done the past year and to spend some time talking about leadership and our own youth ministry.
Here is a link: http://slc2013.com/
Still more to come on this topic.