By Pastor Christopher Ek, Senior Pastor
I remember coming home from school on the last day of school, celebrating and singing, “nor more homework, no more books, no more teachers…” (I will not finish it.) Summer was the time to break, to be outside with friends, to be away from work and rest.
Then something strange happened in 2001 when I finished my schooling: Summer was no longer vacation. I had to work during the summer….ALL SUMMER.
So while work does not stop in the summer it does slow down a bit giving us time for taking part in spiritual growth and practices that may elude us during the year. Here are a few ideas for growth and ministry activities this summer.
Journaling: Buy a blank journal and use it for the summer to write down prayers or significant events. Writing allows us to process life at a slower pace so we begin to realize things about our life in God that we may otherwise not realize.
Read a Book: If you are looking for a good book for the summer to grow spiritually, here are a few ideas:
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
Uprising by Erwin McManus
The Me I Want To Be by John Ortberg
One Life by Scot McKnight
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
Open Your Home to Others: Summer is a great time to host BBQ’s. Consider inviting over friends from church and friends from other walks of life to a party. Parties like this are easy, nonintrusive,
and non-threatening events where new friendships can be formed that one day may result in someone far from God coming to know Christ.
Often times we tend to keep our church world and rest of life separate. Consider combining them this year and see how God is at work.