May 31-Sept 7 is church summer time. The months of June, July and August are usually a time for vacations and travel for families.
I saw one church sign say, "I am glad God doesn't take vacations." You can sense the pastor's frustration.
Summer can be fruitful. I am not saying you will break major growth barriers. If you do, that's great. But most past it's are trying to blindly walk through summer. I have heard that if you plateau during the summer you are probably growing. Encouraging, right?
Here are seven short secrets to making the most out of summer.
1. Focus on getting better before bigger.
•Take time to meet with ministry leaders and make each ministry better. Focus on getting better in all your functions. As the founder of Chick-fil-a said, "If we get better out customers will demand we get bigger."
2. Plan strategic events that create momentum toward the fall.
•We are hosting a baptism bash and BBQ, a community wide VBS and two back to school bashes. These events help build synergy and excitement within the church that bring momentum toward the fall.
3. Use the summer to evaluate the previous six months.
•Look back at averages, numbers and stats. Breakdown percentages of those serving, in groups, conversion growth, attendance and finances. See how much you have grown, declined or plateaued.
4. Don't use all your creativity in preaching during the summer time.
•We do a verse by verse teaching starting after Memorial Day and it continues through most of the summer. We teach through a book of the Bible. Don't use creative series during the summer. Save those series for Sept-May. Save up those creative juices.
5. Summer doesn't mean you have to shut down.
•I know there are several ways to skin this cat. The main point is to not quit during the summer. Use it strategically.
6. Have a half-time huddle at some point.
•All sports teams have a half-time huddle. The coach reviews the first half of the game and gives an "adjusted" game plan for the second part of the game. Do the same with your church.
7. Do some fun things during the summer with the church.
•When people think of summer they think of BBQ's, water and fun. Have some fun events that can bring your folks together. Just have some fun!
There are hundreds of other things ministry leaders can do during the summer. These are just a few ideas.