We are smack dab in the middle of the Christmas season. There is a TON of stuff going on. Christmas parties, school concerts, and lots and lots of family get-togethers. Many churches jump on the bandwagon and fill the calendar with their own slate of events. That may be the proper strategy in your case, but realize there is a cost. Each event you do takes away from your ability to do something else with excellence – do you want to split your budget and staff energies across ten December events, or does it make more sense to focus intently on the Christmas Eve services [and making sure that whatever you invite guests back to in January is awesome]?
Another cost is congregational overload. Think of it this way – would it be good for your child to be in basketball – and track – and drama club – and student government – and debate team – and choir – and band – all at the same time? Why not? Those are all good things… They are indeed good things, but not simultaneously. Similarly, you can burn out your congregation by “should-ing” them into too many things in an already jam-packed December. Not trying to be a Scrooge, but I’d rather see churches do a few things and do them incredibly, than do a bunch of things so-so. I say this a lot, but it’s good to remember – more isn’t better, better is better.

Don’t burn out your congregation with too many Christmas events

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