Big week at Lutherhill. 190 confirmation students and staff from St. Paul Rehburg with Pastor Steve Cox, St. John’s Prairie Hill (Brenham) with Pastor David Hansen, Immanuel Wiedeville (Brenham) with Pastor Jim Abbott, New Life Pearland with Pastor Brian Gigee, Our Savior’s College Station with Pastor Erich Schaefer and intern, Peace Pasadena with AIM Ben Remmert, Faith Bellaire with Pastor Kerry Nelson, Kinsmen Houston with Pastor Mark England, Hosanna Lutheran with pastor John Boldt, and Holy Comforter Kingwood with Youth Worker Chris Ray.

It’s fun hearing how leaders use this time. One pastor I spoke to teaches the confirmation students in the morning, uses the afternoon to relax, and hangs with kids in the afternoon. Another pastor spends morning and afternoon with the kids and uses the evenings to hang out with other pastors and leaders, then read a couple of books. I remember I used to use the time to plan the fall, outline sermons, and reflect.

Camp is one of the fun things about being a pastor or youth worker. Hanging with kids in a relaxed environment, they begin to see us as people, not just churchy leaders. Also, many pastors and youth workers first sensed their call to ministry at camp, so it’s a place of spiritual centering. Liminal space.

One person and I mused today that one could spend the whole summer doing these kinds of events: confirmation camp, children’s camp, senior high gatherings, mission trips, vacation Bible school. Add in a couple weeks of vacation and continuing education and it’s August before you know it. One pastor shared his schedule with me: After school let out his family took two weeks of vacation. Now he’s at confirmation camp. Next week he’ll be at Disciple Project with senior high leaders. Then a week of Camp Hope Training, followed by three weeks of Camp Hope. That’s eight weeks. Nearly the summer, and a fun one at that.