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Maximizing Christmas Eve

Maximizing Christmas Eve

Posted October 18, 2018 by Ernesto Alaniz

Christmas Eve has the potential to be your church’s biggest day of your year. You will see the most guests. You will have the most opportunity to minister to your community. As you prepare this special gathering, here are some things to consider.
 

Sing a Song They Know

You may have unchurched and dechurched folks coming into your doors this Christmas Eve. This is not the day to introduce a new awesome song. Instead, choose songs the majority of your people are going to be able to sing. Christmas carols in their traditional form are great for this. There are also hymns that are known outside the church walls. The first verse to Amazing Grace is surprisingly well known even by those who have little knowledge of church world. By singing songs that are easy to recognize, you are inviting the stranger to be a part of worship.
 

Preach the Gospel

Don’t be clever. Don’t show off your incredible knowledge. Don’t spend your time proving that you are cooler than other pastors. Take this moment to proclaim the finished work of Christ. Your message should be laser-focused. Beware of rabbit trails about politics or family values. This will not save the human soul. People have brought family and friends hoping they would encounter the living Christ. They have not come for a variety show starring your family. Don’t betray their trust by grinding some axe that has little eternal value.
 

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve is not a federal holiday. That means if you schedule a noon gathering you are eliminating people who have to work. If this gathering is truly for the community, you must consider the community’s life. If you are a larger church, this might mean both an early and an evening gathering. But if you can have only one gathering, and you wish to reach the working class of your community, an evening service is something to be considered.
 

Streamline the Schedule

What is your church’s goal this Christmas? The preaching of Jesus’ saving work to lost sinners should be at the top of your list. Beware of diluting your purpose with sideways energy. If you are announcing a hundred things during the Christmas season, then the center is very easily missed. The congregation should know the message of the Gospel is your front line. Encourage them to pray over who they will invite. Equip the saints to engage their neighbors. Prepare for the crowds that will come. This should all be a priority. If your church has events that get in the way of doing this, then consider how your church can become more focused. If there are events that are completely internal, blessing only yourselves, then you are wasting the opportunity that is given.

 

As you plan for Christmas Eve, be intentional. Know your goal. And keep the main thing the main thing.  

Filed under: Communications, Holidays, Christmas, Marketing, Outreach Projects/Events

About the Author

Ernesto Alaniz

Ernesto Alaniz is a pastor, church planter, and serial entrepreneur. He loves technology, and is committed to wielding this tool well. Poor church communication makes him sad, and he is glad to help promote good practices among the brethren. Ernesto is married to his sweet girl Angie, and together they have two children.

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Comments (2)

  • Evelyn
    9:30 AM
    Thu, Oct 18, 2018

    Thank you for this!  I will be sharing this with our church staff and it is my prayer that as we plan for Christmas and who we will invite, that the main message of Jesus would be the most important message that people hear!

  • Anne
    1:12 PM
    Thu, Oct 18, 2018

    Good Stuff. We don’t have the Christmas Eve service, only Christmas morning, but most of what you said applies!

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