I know that I've been guilty as the next youth worker in saying, "After this next event...things will slow down..."
But do they and should we allow there to be downtime in our ministry?
There should be downtime so we can rest and prepare for our next event. I typically see towards the end of the school year and the beginning of summer as down time. Its a time to reflect and see where things should change for the fall. It is a slow down time before all the summer missions and retreats happen. For me personally I have always changed from program based to event based ministry in the summer. And always in December, youth ministry slows down with Advent events so it gives everyone a breather. I think we need them, but we also have to create other downtimes throughout the year to keep us from going crazy. I think you have to have unplanned and planned down time in ministry
There is no downtime, because we are always planning and getting ready for the next Sunday. But the way around this is to delegate. So when you are having downtime, someone else is picking up.