My old friend, Michael Duduit, is a Southern Baptist with a sense of humor. Recently, he wrote an article outlining ways 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 Toy Story 3, Black Swan, Exit Through The Gift Shop, and The Social Network.
Perhaps it is sad that his humor has an element of truth in it. Many churches do run at less than 100% during the summer. I suppose that is to be expected. People attend family reunions, go on vacation, or have weekend family outings during the months of June, July, and August. We all need to get away from time to time.
However, I want to offer a word of praise for those who help us continue the work of the church through the dog days of summer. Many people do attend worship and Sunday school. Many people do help keep the church’s finances afloat even when they are in New Mexico, Colorado, Chengdu, or Iowa. Many people do continue to teach and help—even when we often operate with a skeleton crew of leaders during the summer months. For this I thank you.
Thus, although the church looks to be dormant in these hot summer days, there is work being done so that the gospel can continue to be proclaimed through the ministries of our church. Thanks be to God—AND thanks be to you.