Fall is the season of the year where change takes place. Leaves turn color, temperatures move from hot to warm and even cool. Students and teachers return to school and yes, praise God, yes football returns (forgive me for that shout out). With that said, fall is also a great opportunity for the church. Inwardly, (if you still do this) promotion day occurs (at least for children and students) while many adults sing “I Will Not Be Moved.” In some places new teachers begin to serve, new classes are started and small group sign up comes back around.
But what about outwardly? What does fall mean for the church that is willing to move outside the walls? Here are some suggestions:
1. Minister to teachers: Contact your local school(s) and see if you could provide breakfast during pre-planning days. Volunteer to assist teachers in setting up their rooms. Better yet, ask the principal this questions “Sir/Ma’am” how can we as a church serve you?”
2. What about students: School supplies? There are some students that can’t afford supplies. Why not prepare backpacks complete with school supplies?
3. Host football team/cheerleaders/band for a meal. Pray for coaches. Once again why not ask a sports coach “how can we serve you?”
This is what goes on in your Jerusalem in the fall. Be creative. Be purposeful. And one last thought, consider doing this without the “what’s in it for me” attitude. Just do it! Global missions includes our Jerusalem. This is what being a Great Commission Resource Center (GCRC) Church is all about. Your Regional State Missionaries are available to serve you.