With summer arriving it makes me think of some of the things that are part of our culture. One of them relates to the reality that many shows will show us re-runs of the previous season. This is interesting and helpful if you missed something along the way, but with shows on demand, many people don't need the broadcasters to do this for us. We take care of it ourselves.
I appreciate the channels who plan for all twelve months of their broadcast year. They prepare a series and while they are showing us that one, they are working on a completely different show to broadcast during the next time period, while others are showing re-runs. This cycle continues and so most of the time they are sharing fresh material.
Sometimes we talk about a summer slump with church attendance and we may be tempted just to do "summer re-runs." I encourage us to avoid this temptation. The summer is a great time to plan and prepare for what happens at the church.
Plan a series based on questions you hear through the year
Survey your people and preach on the most requested topics
Work on a series based around current events and biblical instruction
Preach through a book of the Bible
You will think of many more ideas
Every season of the year is a significant time for us to be in the Word and to be working at applying it to our daily lives. I encourage every preacher and teacher to give it your best. The beauty is you are not alone. Spirit will lead you into all truth.