4 Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season

lightstock_34364_xsmall_deborah_wipfHalloween costumes are fighting for shelf space with Thanksgiving decorations and it won’t be long before stores are packed with frantic shoppers.

The holiday season will be here soon and with it comes additional opportunities for your church. Holiday outreaches and special Christmas services are ways to reach people who typically don’t attend church.

This is, of course, in addition to your regular schedule. Coordinating these extra activities requires extra planning, so now is a great time to start preparing for the holiday season. Here are four tips to get you started:

#1 – Coordinate with local nonprofits

Do you have a few nonprofit agencies that you work with on a regular basis? If so, go ahead and reach out to them to see how you could help them this year. Compile a list of these potential outreaches, decide what you’re going to do this year, then put those events on your church calendar to reserve the dates.

#2 – Appoint volunteer team leaders

Ask a few volunteers to see if they’d be willing to organize an outreach. Introduce them to your contact at each nonprofit and have your volunteer be the main contact for that outreach. This volunteer leader should work with you to recruit and coordinate volunteers, organize donations, and lead the event. Be available as a backup and gather updates from them, but let your volunteers take the lead as much as possible.

#3 – Plan your Christmas services

Decide if you’ll have a Christmas Eve service and/or a service on Christmas Day. Take into consideration when you and your staff will be able to take time off to spend the holidays with family. Start asking volunteers if they’re planning to be in town this year for Christmas so you know if you need to do some extra recruiting to fill in the gaps.

#4 – Get additional help

Your staff works diligently year-round and I’m sure they’re willing to make Christmas amazing at your church.  However, the extra activities combined with getting their own families ready for the holidays is a lot to handle.  Why not give them some relief this year?  I can help them start planning now for Christmas, so they’re not stressed out over the holidays.  Check out my plan for a more peaceful Christmas here.

It feels like Christmas is a long way off, but starting the planning process now will make the holidays more enjoyable for your staff and volunteers. Christmas is supposed to be about the birth of our Savior, not last-minute freak-outs over forgetting to order the candles or a poorly organized outreach. Plan ahead for a great holiday season that reveals God’s love to your community and reminds your congregation of the great Gift we’ve been given.