So much effort goes into planning Christmas. But, when the Christmas services are finished, what happens next? Here are three suggestions.
#1 – Say thanks
The week between Christmas and New Years is the perfect opportunity to thank people in your church. In fact, we're calling it #thankyouweek. It's not enough to be thankful…you've actually got to say it. Consider thanking these groups of people.
- Thank volunteers for serving. Christmas isn’t just a busy time for pastors. It’s a busy time for volunteers. Think of the nights out people gave to serve, set up, clean up and more. And, people did all of this in addition to all of their regular responsibilities at work and at home. Don’t just say, “thanks for serving” – make it personal.
- Thank guests who attended your church for the first time. Ditch the form letter and send a personal note. It’s worth your time and it makes a big impact.
- Thank donors for giving. Whether someone gave $5 or wrote a big check, a first-time gift to a church is a big deal. People who gave to your church didn’t make a financial decision – they made a spiritual one. Again, ditch the form letter and send a personal note.
If you're a Church Fuel member, you'll find print-ready and editable thank you card files in the resource library. Print these from your favorite printer and start saying thanks.
#2 – Look back
The days between Christmas and January 1 are some of the best days to reflect on the previous year. It’s these moments of reflection that will help you lock in the learning. Take some time to answer these questions about the year.
- What relationships were developed?
- What were your biggest accomplishments?
- What did you learn about yourself, your team, and your calling?
- What didn’t go well and why?
- Based on what you learned, what are your biggest opportunities?
#3 – Rest
Christmas can be a hectic time for pastors, so take advantage of some down time and spend it out of the office. And, make sure you extend this offer to your staff and key volunteers as well.
You don’t want to go into the New Year feeling worn out and tired, so rest, relax and recharge. The church will be okay for a few days without you in the office.
What are your plans for the days between Christmas and New Years?
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