When I served as a pastor the summer was always a time of intense activity around the church. There were summer youth camps, Vacation Bible School, mission trips and a myriad of other activities to keep me busy and engaged.
Summers are a little different for me now in my role as the executive director of UBA. Churches are busy, so the pace slows down around the associational office. This gives us time to review, to reflect, to think and to plan. (Lest you wonder, yes, also to pray and try to hear from God.) That's what we are doing these days in UBA. While our consultants are all working on a variety of projects, three things occupy my attention.