How To Be Creative With Your Preaching This Summer (Part 1)

Summer is the time to be extra creative in your message planning.  You have the freedom to intentionally teach on topics that will draw a crowd.  Around The Journey, we always plan this kind of “attractional series” for the summer, in an effort to reach people who may not otherwise come to church. 

Each year we do a series called God On Film, where we pull spiritual themes out of the summers biggest movies and teach on them.  This series always attracts new people.  Especially if a movie is creating a lot of buzz in the media, people in the community want to know what the local church is going to draw from it.  One of the key advantages to this series it that it is fresh every summer.  The messages center on new movies, so there are always new themes to talk about.

In planning your summer teaching, make sure you structure your series so that all of the messages fall into the same theme or category, but don’t build on one another.  You want your new and sporadic summer attenders to be able to connect with the few messages that they may hear, without feeling like they are missing important background information because they haven’t been around for the entire series.

Whether you are doing a ten-week series or two shorter series, let each message under the umbrella stand as its own entity. Use every one as an opportunity to bring someone new in and help them get connected.  If you do,  you’ll find yourself with a lot of new people who are excited about going deeper with you in the fall.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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