“Let’s face it. Summers can pose a major challenge to our faith and obedience to Christ.”
So begins the first article in the Summer Survival Guide.
Summers can be:
- a very spiritually isolating time because you are away from the environment and friends that have helped you grow spiritually this past school year.
- or a great experience as you see your faith tested and increased and take some key steps on your own (1 Peter 1:17).
What makes the difference? The decisions you and your students make now can put them in a position of advantage and strength going into the summer. “As a Christian, we can embrace challenges the summer brings because we recognize the opportunity to trust God in new ways and see our faith grow in ways that we would have never seen otherwise.”
The Summer Survival Guide provides perspective and resources to help make the difference. The introductory article of the survival kit tells about three essentials with practical helps and further resources:
- the right fellowship
- daily time with God and His Word
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Concerted and consistent time in God’s Word will change our lives.
Last year, Devin Tressler, writing in his Destino Tracks talked about staying connected over the summer. He had three concrete ideas:
- Texting. Contact your students two times a week. Shoot them a text to see how they’re doing, and connect with them via social media. It’s a simple way to help someone remember they’re remembered.
- Virtual Bible Study. Set up a weekly Skype [of Google Hangout] call to get in the Word with a group of students. Rotate who leads it to give students a task that will necessitate their digging deeper. [Summer Connect would] be a great option for your students…
- Cast vision for sharing the Gospel at home. Talk now with your students about what they’re looking forward to and what will be difficult about going home for the summer. Help them to see opportunities to share the Gospel with those who might know them from their lives before Christ.
Let’s do the best job we can to prepare all of our students to grow in Christ this summer.
Other tips on finishing the campus year.
- Ending the Year Well
- March/April to do list
- Transitioning to new leadership
- Planning the first six weeks