Summer officially starts this week (June 21)! For all the fun it brings—vacations and road trips, cookouts and pool parties—it also brings the temptation to be spiritually inattentive. Remember that while you may be taking some time off, the world, the flesh, and the devil certainly are not! Summer can be a great spiritual battle not only for you, but also for our pastor and the ministry of our church. So here are four commitments you can make to stay connected:
Commit to pray. It is easy to become a little selfish during the summer months. It’s my vacation, my time off. Prayer will draw your attention both outward and upward. Pray for the needs of our church family, our pastor, and the communities our ministry serves. If you haven’t already, you can request to join our Prayer Group on Facebook here.
Commit to attend. Taking a break from the office or the classroom shouldn’t include taking a break from your church family. When you are in town, attend services. In addition to Sunday, don’t forget we have recently started a new set of small groups, structured specifically for summer. So if you’re out of town over the weekend, you can still pray and serve with your church family. And when you are out of town, remember that you can listen to the audio recordings of our services here.
Commit to give. The typical summer decline in attendance means a decline in giving. This puts the ministry in a tight spot as we pay regular bills and operating expenses, look to take advantage of unique summer outreach opportunities, and prepare for fall ministry. Just because you’re away doesn’t mean you can’t be invested in what God is doing in and through our church. Remember you can mail in your gifts to 909 N. Freedom Blvd., Provo, UT 84604, or utilize our online giving option here. If you’re worried about forgetting, you can even automate your online giving by checking “Make this a monthly donation.”
Commit to invite. This one commitment will help you keep the previous three. If you are actively inviting people to church, you are going to want to pray for the services, to be there when your guests show up, and give to help minister to those coming through the door. And there are plenty of events to invite your friends and neighbors to. Small groups are a great way to introduce your friends to our church (and may better fit their schedule). We also have several new, shorter sermon series planned for the summer, including I Have a Question, which starts this coming Sunday (June 24). We even have a couple big days on the calendar this summer, such as our Pioneer Day Service (July 22) and our Anniversary Service (August 26).
Pastor and author H.B. Charles Jr. once said, “You are not on a biblical path to spiritual growth if you are not a participating member of a local church.” That’s certainly blunt, but a needed reminder for all of us as we look forward to summer. We hope you’ll join us in making these four commitments in order to stay connected this summer!