Podcast Episode #380
Ready or not, Christmas is coming. That means churches are planning events, socials, and special services. Today we provide some tips to make this a great Christmas season for your church.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- A Christmas Eve evening service is a prime time to reach unchurched people.
- People expect you to have a traditional Christmas Eve service.
- Thanksgiving is the marker when people start really thinking about Christmas.
- Facebook is the best place to advertise your church’s Christmas events.
- One key to have more guests fill out info cards is to have everyone (including members) fill out a card.
- Christmas Eve services should really be an all-hands-on-deck event for the church staff.
The eight tips we give for Christmas are:
- Christmas Eve is the time when the unchurched are most receptive to attending church.
- Traditions are key: hymns and carols, candlelight with Silent Night, etc.
- The service should be brief, 30-minutes max.
- Begin promotion the right after Thanksgiving.
- Use the Facebook page and Facebook ads
- Use a very simple registration card: first name, email, guest or member, prayer request. Ask everyone to complete it.
- Prepare for multiple services in most churches, at the very least for greater attendance.
- Plan for staff to have time off post-Christmas.
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