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God is doing a new thing

May 15, 2017

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB

The summer is quickly approaching and many local churches will brace for the impact of fewer people in weekly worship and perhaps a lighter bottom line to contributions. Ministries which fail to plan for the summer lulls can find a plethora of things to take into consideration.

The month of May is a great time to consider new and creative ways to be supportive of the families in your church and community during the summer months. Here are a few things to consider:
  • Invite leaders including children and youth to develop a resource that helps to keep families connected to the local church during the summer.
  • Start small and be creative with resources such as a simple prayer journal.
  • Remember, technology can offer a variety of ways to stay connected; invite the youth to explore ideas with adult leadership.
If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today. – African Proverb

May this summer bear witness in your local church that God is doing something new!

Denise Walton

Rev. Denise Walton serves as the Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries. Contact her at

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