Never abandon a friend–either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away. Proverbs 27:10
Summer strengthens family relationships, but the Summer Slump makes church relationships stale. Ministers know the story. A family finds a church in the fall, gets involved in the spring, and is gone by summer. The right activities reach people, but the right relationships keep people. Drawing power comes from things that are exciting, provocative, and entertaining, but staying power comes from relationships.
4 Ways to Get Relationships out of The Summer Slump
Pray, maybe? Pray for each other. An active prayer network makes a huge difference. Prayer binds people together. Prayer networks encourage people through the hard times. People who pray together stay together. Don’t overlook prayer because it’s basic.
Party like a Rock Star. Encourage people to have barbecues, go fishing, hang out, go to the lake, go hiking, or take a day trip together. Whatever you doing, invite others to join in the fun. Not everyone can get away in the summer, and people are dying for things to do. Large summer events can be hard to pull off, but a consistent offering of small-scale recreational activities are just what people are looking for in the summer.
Be friendly to your friends. Be social on social networks. Don’t always be selling your books, hawking your materials, and promoting your events. Share part of yourself with your networks. Like a status, comment on a photo, retweet a tweet, but don’t be a stalker. No one likes a creepy pastor. Facebook and Twitter won’t meet all the online needs your community has, but they’re a great place to start. Find other solutions.
Help people to help people. Find needs, and meet them. Spiritual families help when natural family can’t. Encourage people to work together, babysit kids, repair cars, give rides, lend sewing machines, walk dogs, and work out together. God puts people near each other for a reason. We need each other. The Summer Slump doesn’t change that.
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