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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.