Instead of just making it through the typical “summer church slump,” CBFNC’s Spiritual Formation Advisory Team has put together a series of faith formation resources for churches to share with congregants during the summer months.
“On the Road” by Sarah Blackwell, Providence Baptist, Charlotte
Summer means vacation and family road trips! These can be a source of relaxation, fun, and memorable stories, but it can also mean time for spiritual formation. Summer travel is a great opportunity to read a book together or listen to a podcast and discuss. There is also more time to watch movies and television as a family. Make the most of these opportunities by checking out the “On the Road” guide for some ideas to help build deeper connections in your family and faith this summer.
Access On the Road guide here.
“Summer Creation Care” by Stuart Lamkin, First Baptist, Weaverville
The summer is a great time to encourage caring for creation—as a family, with your church or by yourself. Whether you’re at home or on vacation, at the beach or in the mountains, basking in the sunshine or listening to the rain, there are many ways to make the most of your summer by appreciating the environment. Check the “Summer Creation Care Guide for Churches and Families” for lots of ideas you can use anytime anywhere. It has suggestions for books, hymns, activities, prayers and more! Let God’s world bless you in new ways this summer.
Access the Summer Creation Care Guide here.
“Church on Vacation” by Paul Raybon, Hominy Baptist, Candler
Why would the person who attends church most weeks of the year want to experience worship while they are trying to get away from a normal routine? How can a congregation located in a vacation destination make itself more welcoming to short-term guests? Check the “Church on Vacation” resource to discover how, in both going to church and being the church on vacation, we have the opportunity to connect, learn, and bless as much during the summer as we do any other time of the year.
Access the Church on Vacation resource here.
“Great Books for Summer Reading Groups” by Lydia Hoyle, Greenwood Forest Baptist, Cary
The summer is a great time to kick back and read a good book! Getting to discuss the book with friends makes it even better. Check out this list of 50 excellent books you could read this summer with your small group. Each one even has a reading guide filled with thought-provoking questions. You’ll find recommendations of novels, biographies and memories that will lead to great conversations as well as spiritual growth.
Access the 50 Great Books for Summer Reading Groups here.
“The Practice of Yoga” by Angel Lee, Jubilee Baptist, Chapel Hill
Yoga is a holistic practice for the mind, body and spirit. The eight limbs of yoga guide us in integrating yoga into our daily living for our health and well-being. Enjoy being a compassionate and spiritual presence in this world while experiencing calmness of the mind, awareness of self, and the miracle of the body and breath.
Access the Practice of Yoga here.