So much effort goes into planning around Christmas time.  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.

Here is a digital download of some thank you cards you could use. You’ll get original, editable artwork so you can order from your favorite local or online printer.

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 2014.

  • 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 the built-in down time and take some time off. 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?

Take a Next Step

Now is also a great time to prepare your church for growth. If you’re thinking about working with us, you should know we have two core beliefs about church growth.

  1.  You don’t have to sacrifice church health in order to experience church growth.
  2. While growth is up to God, He wants us to be good stewards of our influence and uses us in the process.

If you’re interested in healthy growth in your church, check out the Church Fuel One program. It’s a community of pastors who value practical coaching and resources and encourage one another to grow healthy.

Every quarter, we deliver a brand new course to members covering topics like volunteers, connecting people, preaching, finances, and more. Members get access to a resource library full of documents, spreadsheets and templates. And there are members only office hours and round tables where you can get personal help when needed.

There’s no long-term contract and a money back guarantee, so you can check it out without pressure. Learn more here.