Church Planting is busy. Christmas is busy. Put them together and it can be a really busy season. A nightmare, perhaps. Planning can help you stay on top of the pressure, though. Here are five tips as your prepare for Christmas and life after Christmas as a church planter.
- Remember that January comes after Christmas. Well, duh. But January brings new angst, new worry, new hope, new resolutions, new people. Plan for it. Promote it. Let people know there is life after Christmas. Let them know really well.
- Advent is a powerful time of discipleship. Advent calls us to slow, to wait, to ponder, to reflect. Don’t rush it. Don’t bring Christmas music in too soon. Let it simmer. While it might be too late for this year, consider creating a devotional around Advent for next year. Use your people and your staff and administrators. Tweet, video, print, blog…there are all kinds of ways to help people get oriented through a devotional through Advent.
- Plan your Christmas vacation. Don’t underestimate the energy Christmas will take from you and your church plant. Take a big break between Christmas and New Year’s Day. You and your volunteers need it. Try to recruit other church leaders for a Sunday in here. Do a pulpit swap with another church planter in your city.
- Christmas is a cultural holiday in addition to a religious one. Rather than mourning the fact, use it. There will be interest in local immigration population and cultural Christians. How can you educate and welcome those otherwise uninterested?
- Share ideas for preaching and worship liturgy with other church planters. Use one another’s creativity and tweak it. Don’t always feel like reinventing the wheel. Consider generating a meeting early next fall to share encouragement and swap ideas.