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5 Ways City Church Can Maximize This Summer

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By: Dustin Walker

Summer often brings some changes or transitions to schedules, work hours, class schedules, and children’s activities. But with these changes in rhythm, we have new opportunities as well.

I hope what I share here is in line with how we as a church are called to give careful attention to our ways. The bible is replete with examples such as:

Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.

Proverbs 4:26

Now the Lord of Armies says this: “Think carefully about your ways.”

Haggai 1:7

What this verse in Proverbs states as an encouragement, Haggai reminds as a rebuke. We should heed both. We ought to consider the blessings of following God’s ways and remember the consequences of neglecting for failing to do so.

Considering the normal rhythms of our church body during the summer months, particularly June and July, I want to encourage us to find ways to continue growing in our relationship with the Lord and with another.

So how might we maximize our time when our normal rhythms are a little off? Here are five opportunities for City Church this summer:

Connect with a Group

Following Christ in community is essential to our faith. And while summer brings a different rhythm and frequency to many Community Groups, it can be a great time to be part of a group or even start connecting with one.

We also have several Drill Groups to check out as well. These groups will meet over the months of June and July for 4 to 6 weeks to dive into topics like Racial Reconciliation, Marriage, Social Justice, and Parenting.

You’ll be challenged and encouraged through having some targeting reading and discussion in these areas.


Summer is also a great time to jump into serving in the church. Perhaps you should check out serving with the Welcome Team or CityKids on Sunday mornings. Or maybe you’d like to serve at Journey Home or with our Community VBS.

City Project Equipping Days

This will be the fourth summer of City Project where college students stick around Murfreesboro to receive equipping and discipleship.

Each year we are honored to have experts from various fields who come in to lead sessions. Some of these sessions are available church-wide through Equipping Days. Find a topic that works for you and learn together.

Mission Trips

While lots of details for short-term trips are already pretty firm for June and July, there are still ways you can participate. Two immediate ways are to pray for teams while they are preparing and gone.

The other is to give to support someone who is going. A third opportunity is for you to jump onto a team going either to Portland, OR in early August or Lima, Peru in mid-September.

Practice Hospitality

Practicing hospitality can begin as simply as inviting people to your home to grill hamburgers, sit by your apartment complex’s pool, or shoot baskets in your driveway.

These can be great ways to get to know your neighbors as well as others in our church body. You’re probably doing all these things anyway. Why not ask other people to join you?

To be sure there are probably many other ways to get the most out of the next few months. But let’s commit together to consider our paths through this summer so that we can be established together in following Christ and loving one another.

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City Church Summer Reading List

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By: Whitney Nadeau

As school comes to an end and people begin to select their summer reading lists, take a look at the suggested reading below by the leadership of City Church.

The categories below are organized by City Church’s recent prayer points.

As a church, we are praying to become sacrificially diverse (Rev. 7:9-10; Phil. 2:1-4) and theologically healthy (1 Tim. 4:16).

If you are interested in understanding what those prayers look like biblically or how we can begin to move in that direction, please select a few books below to read.  

Sacrificially Diverse

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda McNeil

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to be White by Daniel Hill

Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience by Carl Ellis Jr.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

Theologically Healthy

Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians by J.A. Medders and Brandon Smith

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words by Chris Bruno

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed by Michael Bird

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

As a church, we are also praying to intentionally multiply (Matt 28:18-20) and to do justice (Micah 6:8).

We will have book recommendations for each of those categories coming soon.

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