It’s easy for your church to lose momentum in the summer, when schedules shift and people are on vacation. So today, we’ll cover some ideas to help you regain momentum during the warmer months. Along the way, you’ll discover some ideas that will help you be intentional about the content you’re preaching, as you think through how you want to build into your core families.
All these summer-perfect sermon series are on Ministry Pass and available for our members!
Sermon Series #1- Summer Baggage
Summer is often a time when people are in transition- schedules are in flux, and they’re more likely to be moving, changing schools, and changing jobs. These transitions lead to introspection. That’s where Summer Baggage comes in. If we’re not careful, we’ll carry baggage like bitterness and unforgiveness into every new season. This series wrestles with the “bags” we carry, and speaks to how the Bible relates to that baggage, with the ultimate goal of taking it off and instead taking on the yoke of Christ.
If you’d like to use a visual aid with this series, have staff members bring suitcases and stack them all over the stage.
Sermon Series #2- God on Film
God on Film uses classic films from the last couple of decades as the illustrations to teach all about how we are part of God’s story, and how He’s telling a story that we get to be part of. This series is an attention-grabber, easy one to encourage people to invite their friends & family to experience.
Sermon Series #3- Summer Stories
This series is a all about lessons we learned when we were kids, that we might’ve forgotten as adults. You’ll revisit classic Sunday School Bible stories and lessons, which is great for those nostalgic summer months.
Sermon Series #4- Summer Love
In our world, it’s easy to be noncommittal. We go from person to person, creating superficial relationships and friendships. Summer love contrasts our culture’s view of love with the steadfast love of God, which doesn’t come and go as the seasons pass. God never lets you go or forgets about you, whatever season you’re in.
Sermon Series #5- Staycation
We don’t have to go across the world to serve others- we can and should, but this sermon series is about serving the people around us. Great for the summer, it’s an opportunity to reconvene as a church, to re-center on loving God and others.
Sermon Series #6- The Power of Parenting: Father’s Day Version
This is a stand-alone message (part one happened on Mother’s Day!) on the importance of fathers and our Heavenly Father. As fathers, we should reflect our Heavenly Father, but we’re going to mess up. Even at our best moments, we are just a tiny reflection of the goodness of God.
You can also choose the Father’s Day graphic bundle.
Sermon Series #7- Cool: Searching for Fashionable Christianity
It can be really easy to think that in order to reach people that we have to be like them. But truly cool/authentic Christianity, according to the Bible, is a faith where we love God and we love other people. Style isn’t as important as substance.
Sermon Series #8- Downtime: Practicing Silence and Solitude
It’s important to schedule time where we put down our device and unplug in order to practice spiritual disciplines. That’s what this sermon series is about. The Bible talks about silence and solitude, about the importance of meditating on the Word of God. In fact, Jesus practiced these disciplines! We need to take time to do this during the summer and put it into our schedule. In fact, there’s a secular leadership book called Lead Yourself First that makes the case that most successful people have a habit of finding solitude consistently and often. We see this in Scripture, too, in the example of Jesus- so, while this idea is very counter-cultural, it’s so important.
Sermon Series #9- The Invite: Steps Toward Evangelism
There are so many things we can do to help reach the people around us for God. We need to serve and love them, and create opportunities and space to listen to them. But we also need to invite them to church, and this series will help your people do that- in a way that doesn’t just invite them to a service but welcomes them into the community. If you’re planning a bigger campaign for the fall, this is a great sermon series to preach right before that.
Sermon Series #10- To the Ends of the Earth
Summer is a great time to preach through a book of the Bible, and this one on Acts is a great choice- it’s about evangelism and community.
Sermon Series #11- Live Humbly
A sermon series based on the book of Micah, good if you need a shorter series. It’s about how we should care deeply for each other and the world around us. God corrects us, but His plan is ultimately to bring all of us together under the banner of Christ.
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