I have often heard senior pastors refer the the summer as “the slow season”. It is all I can do to keep from busting out laughing when I hear this. If you are in children’s or youth ministry then you know what I am talking about. Now in defense of these senior pastors this remark is not a reflection of a collasal disconnect between them and the children’s or youth ministry. I understand that what they are refering to are the areas of the church that affect them more directly. From their pespective overall attendance does tend to be lower in the summer, giving does tend to be lower in the summer. For churches that do sunday school, their is somewhat of a break in the summer. However, for those of us in ministry to children or youth this is the busiest time of the year.
That explains my abscense from the blogosphere. First there was youth camp that my church hosts where my wife and I, along with two amazing teams, cook food for around 160 campers, counselors and camp workers. Then, the very next day we loaded up the family truckster and headed on a road trip to Atlanta, GA. We spent the night there with a friend. The following morning we toured (briefly) Northpoint church before heading over to Rome, GA to attend the church whose kids I would be preaching to at camp.
(side note: if you are ever in Atlanta take the time to tour Northpoint. You will come away with many ideas and inspiration. Well worth the time)
Next it was on to Pell City, GA to Camp Sonshine wher we would spend the next 7 days in the wonderful world that is camp. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life but, alas, there was no internet.
Anyways, I am now back and with a new schedule at work I hope to be active in the world of blogging. Stay tuned for some thoughts from camp.Matt Norman
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