Regardless of your context or size, your church is going to need these things in December!
At Christ Church, Christmas involves about 10 times the time, energy and effort of Easter. There are lots of extra services, staff is pushed hard and everyone is under time pressure. A little encouragement goes a long way in December,
It is often tough to get enough greeters, welcomers, ushers and nursery volunteers during the rush of Christmas Eve and Christmas services. Making time to serve is a wonderful to gift to everyone involved.
Pastors, staff and volunteers can get a bit stressed this time of year (we are human after all) so some “grace to the grouchy” is a blessing all the way around.
Special services require a lot of “above the call of duty” time, effort and energy. When you attend these services and experience God’s presence, it make it all worth it.
Every church in the country needs a strong financial December. Keep in mind that the real need is always on the budget side. Christmas Mission Offerings and building fund donations are great, but don’t forget to make a generous gift to the day to day operation of the church! The budget is not always glamorous but nothing happens without it.
People who don’t normally attend church are very receptive to invitations to worship at Christmas time. Many people are one invite away from attending church. Let that invite be yours!
Make prayers for an unleashing of the Holy Spirit in your Christmas services a part of your daily routine. Prayer plants dynamite, Evangelism detonates it.
Thanks to everyone working so hard to effectively reach people for Jesus in this holy season!
-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois