Jul 17, 2010

“Avoiding the Summer Slump”

My friend, pastoral comedian Michael Duduit, wrote an article outlining the way that pastors can boost summer church attendance. Among his suggestions were door prizes for Sunday morning worship, free pizza to the first 250 congregants, and a sermon series based on popular movies—“Despicable Me,” or “Toy Story 3.” Perhaps it is sad that his comedy has such an element of truth in it. Many churches do run at far less than 100% during the summer. I suppose that is to be expected. People all attend family reunions, go on vacation, or have weekend family outings during the months of June, July, and August. We all do need to get away from time to time.

I want to offer a word of praise for those in the congregation, however, who help us continue the church’s work through the hot and long dog days of summer. Many people do attend worship and Sunday school. Many people do help keep the church’s finances afloat even while vacationing in New Mexico, Colorado, or Iowa. Many people do continue to teach and shepherd—even when we often operate with a skeleton crew of leaders during the summer months. For this I thank you—the faithful congregation of FUMC, Arlington.

Accordingly, although the church may look dormant in these hot summer day, there is work being done so that the gospel can continue to be proclaimed through the ministries of our congregation. Thanks be to God.

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