Summer vacation season is nearly upon us. What can your ministry do to effectively push your members closer to Jesus while they’re out of town in the coming months?
Summer Vacation & Church Life
A few hundred years ago, only a small portion of the world’s population would ever consider packing up their family and going on vacation. Fast forward to our day and the custom of vacationing has become as widespread among the average family as it has among those in our upper classes. Such a reality leaves the modern church with an exciting opportunity to find a way to thoughtfully serve these folks as they travel. Below I’ve listed a few ideas on how your ministry can attempt to do just that.
#1: Create A Summer Vacation Devotional
Getting away, slowing things down, and relaxing is the ideal occasion for personal reflection and reevaluation. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be wonderful if your ministry created a 5-day vacation devotional for the folks within your body to read and pray through while they’re away? Such a resource could help them reflect upon God’s goodness over the past year and help them pray through their fears about what might be ahead for them. Overall, putting thoughtful biblical content in the hands of your members will likely push them closer to Jesus as they spend time away reflecting, than if you did not take the time to do so.
#2: Create A Summer Vacation Checklist
Beyond a devotional, consider challenging your congregation with a vacation checklist of sorts. Make it magnetic so that it can hang on a refrigerator and list items such as, “spend 15 minutes as a family in prayer thanking God” or “read a new book of the Bible that you’ve never read before”. Include a few fun and non-spiritual sounding items in the checklist as well, such as, “sleep in past 9:00am” or “try a restaurant that’s normally outside of your comfort zone”. Put this list in everyone’s hands on a Sunday morning in the coming weeks and I guarantee you’ll hear a ton of really exciting stories from this simple idea.
#3: Invite Your Folks to Tune In
Finally, a great way to push others towards Christ during their vacation is to send them a few texts or emails inviting them to tune in and watch your church’s live stream on the Sunday that they’re away. Even if your ministry has live streamed for a while, reminding your members that they can watch whenever they’re out of town is helpful to drive regular involvement and viewership.
Overall, whatever strategies your ministry chooses to implement this summer, God can use your church to bless and serve families that head out of town to recharge. Consider taking a few minutes to implement one of these ideas and see what God does!
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Brett Bzdafka is a former Pastor and Bible Professor, Brett has a BA from the Moody Bible Institute and MDiv from Columbia International University. As Church Development Manager at BoxCast, a live video streaming company founded and led by believers, Brett enjoys connecting with church leaders and enabling them to spread their ministry beyond the walls of their church through technology.