Church leaders face many unique challenges in the summertime. Summer vacations and long, lazy weekends can mean a drop in attendance, decreased participation, and reduced giving. There are gaps in communication, finances a, d planning.
Since God doesn’t take a sabbatical from June to September, this can be a perfect time to think outside the box with innovative programs. Below are summer challenges you may be facing and ways to turn them into positive outcomes for your church during this season:
Financial Seasonal Gaps
As leaders know, church ministry doesn’t take a vacation. In fact, summer is often the busiest—and perhaps the most expensive—season of ministry activity with the greatest potential for Kingdom impact, according to an article by RSI Solutions. They have provided an excellent fact sheet on how to avoid summertime financial slumps, which suggests that when you implement the key ideas laid out in Don’t Sweat Summer Giving: 10 Ways to Avoid a Financial Crisis During an Unpredictable Ministry Season, your church’s summer giving sets the stage for year-round success of sustainable ministry funding.
Decreased Attendance at Worship Services
Summer has a way of thinning out pews on Sunday mornings as the sun-loving faithful take to trails, outdoor markets and backyard projects. The predictable pattern poses challenges, especially for smaller congregations. More and more, however, churches are rediscovering Wednesday — a traditional midweek church night — as a prime time to gather the flock for casual worship in summer, according to G. Jeffrey Macdonald| Religion News Service in an OnFaith article. Early adopters report improved attendance, slightly fatter coffers and invigorated spirituality as curious newcomers drop by and join in.
Church Members Feel Disconnected
Communicate and remind your church members that they can stay engaged no matter where they travel through your church’s website. Your site may offer an opportunity to live-stream worship, or have podcasts readily available for download. With CCS’s WORSHIPcast License you can include your worship music with the sermon—you can legally stream more than 20 million songs from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. Traveling church members will stay engaged if they’re able to listen to your message and worship along with your in-person service.
While it may feel like fall is far away, summer is THE perfect time to begin planning. Hold a planning retreat with staff members to energize and re-engage. Brainstorm events and programs. Start budgets. Educate key leaders. And secure copyright licensing before the fall frenzy. After Back to School and Labor Day, with everything on a fast track, there’s no time to plan or even think about copyright licensing. If you need a guide, download our latest resource, the Church Copyright Toolkit. It’s includes step-by-step instructions on how to become compliant and avoid any potential copyright infringement going forward.
Remember that you can always call and talk to one of our CCS reps at 855-576-5837, or chat online, if you have any questions about copyright licensing.
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