Summer is upon us! Its a time when life speeds up and slows down at the same time. While summer is perhaps my favorite time of the year, it can present some challenges to church leadership. Usually attendance goes down, giving can drop a little, things move a little slower and a little more laid back, and people are consistently going on vacation. In light of this, I thought I would share a few things about how we can, as a church, savor our summer.
Take A Vacation
I encourage our families to get away and spend some time together. This obviously means that you will have to miss worship a few times, but so be it. You have my permission to be out at least once this year! I want to encourage our dads to take charge when it comes to vacation. Read this article by C J Mahaney about fathers and vacation.
Commit To Attendance
When you are in town, try and be at worship on Sunday mornings. Don’t allow yourself to miss on consecutive weeks if you can help it. Try not to set the tone with your kids or friends who are in town that church isn’t a priority.
Get Excited About Ecclesiastes!
Yep! We are beginning a sermon series in Ecclesiastes as soon as we are finished with the Pillars Series. If you have not read Ecclesiastes, I’d encourage you to do so. Also be sure to bring your non-Christian friends as we will be addressing some of the most universally asked questions in history.
Attend Metro 101
If you are not yet a member of Metro East, this is our required membership class. The next date is June 26 at 5PM. I will be teaching this two hour course about our church and doctrine. If you know people who are interested in Metro East I’d encourage you to invite them to attend.
Whats Up With Hell?
In case you didn’t know, hell has recently been a huge issue in popular culture due mostly to Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. I thought I would take some time before our Member Meeting on July 17th to do some teaching on the issue and take questions afterward. Be sure to attend!
I have put together a summer reading list for our church. I encourage you to pick some of the books, or others you’d like to read, and really dig in this summer. If you have any questions about the books, please let me know.
I know summer can be more expensive due to traveling and other issues. Thus far our giving has been very good. Though we realize giving will likely go down some, we ask you to commit to being faithful with your money this summer and continue to bless and support Metro East financially.
Use your summer to engage non-Christians. Take some risks with your neighbors. Use your grill, boat, house, jet-skis, etc., to bless those who live near you. Pray about dialoguing with someone about the Gospel, see what God does.
Let’s enjoy the summer!