As we enter into the last quarter of the year, many churches are excitedly preparing to introduce new ministries into their communities, while some are even undertaking the efforts required to start a new church. Regardless of the focus of your particular mission, it’s worth considering ways that the season itself can help ease the inaugural period to bring the Word of God to people.
Here are a few ways you can use fall to your advantage as you prepare your new ministry.
Take advantage of new routines
For many, summer is the slowest season of the year. The kids are out of school, the college kids are off on adventures or back home relaxing with Mom and Dad, the weather can be too hot to do anything, and people drift off for vacations. But once autumn comes around, everyone snaps back into activity. School starts back up, parents get back to work, and an opening presents itself for people to commit to focusing more on getting involved ministry and seeking to strengthen their faith.
• Plan a church worship concert with local musicians or your own church’s worship ministry, inviting the community and those who have taken the summer off to get involved.
• Have an open house to offer people opportunities to learn more about your church, and sign up for a new season of bible studies, family ministries, small groups, and outreach programs.
• Offer playgroups at your church or popular nearby play places for moms with little ones.
• Host a senior citizen’s “lunch and learn.”
• Encourage college students to visit during the week by offering a quiet place to study and free Wi-Fi (if available).
Despite the busyness of fall, people will be grateful to have this time in ministry to relax and connect with one another, fostering growth of a loyal congregation in no time.
Take advantage of the weather
We all know how wonderful those perfect fall days can be. After months of stuffy summer weather, we’re entering the period of cool breezes and clear skies, with all those glorious colors around us. People are looking for any excuse to get out into nature before the cold sets in at the end of the year, and your ministry can be the perfect way to combine a little fresh air with a lot of faith.
• Partner with local Fall Festivals by setting up a photo or selfie booth for fun pictures and conversation. Have the photos available online (using SmugMug) and for purchase on your church’s website.
• Organize a prayer walk at a nearby park or trail to behold nature’s palette.
• Host a trip to a pumpkin patch or farm to find the perfect pumpkin.
• Sponsor a community service event with a local environmental group to clean up and beautify a neglected place.
If your church is located in the city, this is all the more opportune. Find a good location where those who are away from wide open spaces can spend some time with all of God’s creation.
Fall is a wonderful time of year, one in which it is easy to see the glory of God’s creation all around us. We have fine weather, wonderful holidays, and a period when we all feel invigorated to work a little harder. By accommodating your ministry to highlight the wonderful bounty of the season, you increase the eagerness people will have when considering joining your ministry or church.