It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be one of the busiest and most stressful times for church staff and leaders. Planning a special Christmas service is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. A lot goes in to pulling off a successful Christmas service that touches your attendees in a meaningful way, whether they’ve been coming to your church for decades or are visiting your church for the first time.
So, to help you take the stress out of the holiday, we’ve created this easy-to-use Christmas checklist with everything you need.
1) Get an idea. You might consider polling your people to find out what would be a big hit in your area.
2) Raise funds. By using online and mobile options like the giving solutions offered by Realm, you can make the process for receiving and tracking incoming donations easy.
3) Update web & social media. You’ll want to make sure your online presence is fresh, replete with imagery, language, and events that promote your special service.
4) Recruit volunteers. You’ll likely need more volunteers such as greeters, ushers, and crew for the day of the event.
5) Set up online solutions. To ensure good planning and follow up, utilizing online solutions like a ChMS is essential.
6) Plan your service. Now that you have an idea of what you’re going to do and you’re getting together what you need to do it, you can get into the details of the day of the event.
7) Promote your service. People need to hear about what your church is doing for Christmas.
8) Prepare to connect. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of new people show up one time, and then have no way to reach them.
9) Follow up. Now that your event is ready and you’ve captured contact information, use it!
Make the most of Christmas by planning now for high-traffic services. After all, a lot of people in your community will be going to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Avoid the stress of the holiday and make sure your ministry is making meaningful connections this year.
Want more ideas to help you plan a successful Christmas service? Check out this free guide to make this holiday season the best one yet!