I once attended a church wherer Awana would draw about 100 children on a typical Wednesday night and once Awana ended for the summer, the program that replaced it drew 10 children. I always wondered why? Was it because the leadership accepted that children wouldn’t come during the summer? Was it a poorly run program? Was it not publicized well? Had they simply put ministry “on the shelf” for the summer?
I struggle with the same thing today. Awana has ended and we do not currently have anything in place to fill that time. I wonder if we should be doing more. Some might suggest that we’ve put the “winter clothes” on the shelf, and now have the “summer clothes” (VBS, camp, etc.) out and maybe that is a good analogy, I’m really not sure.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know the need for people to take breaks and re-energize, re-focus, revitilize, etc. but I can’t help but wonder if we’ve given up summer and just accepted that people will not be involved.
Then we have a big fall kick-off where we may inadvertantly be sharing the perception that it is time to get “serious” about ministry – get serious about God and the Christian life and fire up all those ministries we run from fall through the spring.
Is summertime a time where we place ministry on the shelf, a time we “swap the clothing of ministry”, or what?
Please share your thoughts…