"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Summer is Coming – Do you have a plan?

I know it feels like it already, but summer is still a little way away. Have you decided on a summer plan for your group yet? With the beautiful weather and lots going on, it is not uncommon for groups to slow down or stop meeting for the summer since attendance is more erratic. I’d like to encourage you to NOT stop meeting and in fact to NOT slow down at all for the summer!

One of the reasons this happens is that with vacations and various events, we don’t see as many people and sometimes we just hate being stuck inside when it is so beautiful outside, but let me give you a couple of things to think about before you decide how to handle your summer schedule.

1. God gave us the beautiful summer weather – Thank Him for it and don’t spend less time with him because of it! Don’t punish Him (and ourselves) for His gift.

2. Satan loves to create space between us and God – If we succumb to the temptation to be or do less for His kingdom, whatever the reason, Satan is poised and waiting to capitalize on that thought process and attitude. Don’t get caught in the trap! (Note: If you’re thinking to yourself that you’re smart enough to not let that happen, Satan has you deceived in yet another way!)

3. If there are less people, we don’t stop gathering, instead we use the opportunity to connect deeper with the ones who are there!

Go on vacation, enjoy the weather and thank God for His wonderful gifts. If you’re gone for a small group meeting, engage your apprentice or encourage people to get together for a meal while you’re gone. Don’t let Satan convince you that it just isn’t worth meeting as regularly. Satan will use that thought to create a self fulfilling prophecy! It is worth meeting even when attendance is down. Know that God will bless you for your effort no matter how many people come!

As leaders, we lead by example. Be aware that if we are less committed to meeting, attending or serving because it is summer, others are watching and will follow our lead.


March 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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