I need an intern
Back when I was youth pastor 10 or 12 people (and we had a 15 passenger van), back before we had kids and Meredith could be my chaperone for everything I loved planning the youth calendar. It was fun to think of exciting places that we could go to strengthen our bond and to help students grow closer to Christ.
Now I see my calendar sitting beside me and I want to groan. I still love going places with students. I still love the ways that trips help us to grow, but it is a whole new process now. Our group has grown (and now shrunk a little) to the point where we will take over 20 people to most events. Not quite enough to make renting something feasible, but still enough that I need 3 or 4 drivers. We also need more chaperones so all planning requires chaperone coordination too.
I have tried many different ways to use parents to do more of that sort of planning, but honestly I rarely follow through.
Maybe instead of whining about an intern I just need to use parents the way that they supposed to be used.