A Joyful Christmas

A Joyful Christmas

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. – Luke 2:10-11 There are a handful of passages in the Bible that speak to the Christmas story. Isaiah’s prophecies are rich, powerful, and moving. His words, along with the words of other prophets, give insight to the beautiful story of redemption God was writing. Matthew’s writing highlights... Read More
Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... Read More
Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how can we make sure to protect our family time? Establish your family time early in... Read More
How to Connect with Christmas Visitors at Your Church

How to Connect with Christmas Visitors at Your Church

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Really! It is! Not only do we get to exchange gifts, watch classic movies, eat well, and maybe play in the snow. We get to host more visitors than usual at our churches. For various reasons, many people choose to visit our churches for Easter and Christmastime. What an amazing opportunity for us to connect with families from our communities, who don’t usually visit. Now, it is time for us to get ready for them. How will we connect with them? What will... Read More
4 Key Elements to a Great Volunteer Celebration

4 Key Elements to a Great Volunteer Celebration

It’s a wonderful time of the year to celebrate your volunteers! I love Christmas. I love the lights, the tree, the gifts and most of all the time with friends and family celebrating the beautiful gift of Jesus. This is the perfect opportunity to take a moment to say a big “thank you” to the volunteers that serve so faithfully in your ministry. For many, Christmas is the half-way point. Some signed up at the beginning of the school year, (maybe thinking they wouldn’t make it this far). Other... Read More