As the summer draws to a close and school begins, many of us enter back into the hectic life of kids in school. There are clothes and supplies to buy. New challenges come, especially in the logistics of ensuring everybody gets to where they need to be every day. My wife often says that her life is less mother and more Uber driver. The rush of the fall schedule can be overwhelming.
As a pastor, I both loved and hated the summer. I loved it because it gave a needed break to our volunteers. It allowed for several change-of-pace events like lake day, Family Bible Conference, and Camps. But I hated it because it meant that our members disengaged from our Sunday evening and Wednesday events. If you add a couple of weeks of vacation, then what was your normal schedule is completely obliterated. This meant fighting to get them back into the routine of regular church life. Trying to find a place to be a part of the Youth’s hectic lives. Encouraging tired and exhausted parents to commit to being involved week in and week out. It is hard, but pastors must fight this fight, or their people are swept away by the busyness of our day.
So as you get back into the routine of normal life, get back into the rhythms of church life. Make it a priority for you and your family. If you are like us and have had kids all going on trips and to camps, you need to reengage in your family worship. You may even need to buckle down and get back to regular personal devotions.
The plain fact is that you are setting a schedule. Either you are being intentional about your schedule, or you will be at the mercy of the urgent. This is when church programs are often forgotten or abandoned. Don’t let this happen to you. Make a plan and work the spiritual well-being of your churchand family into it. In other words, get back to it!