We’ve explored the importance of planning for any church or organization. The cadence or rhythm and culture of planning have also been areas of focus. No church or organization can or will have sustained impact without planning. From a service or gathering, to discipleship, teaching, right through to succession of senior leaders planning is something that will be done over and over again. And, depending on the issue, you need different people. So, with aspect of planning who should always ask, “Who should be around this planning table?”
Social media has become such a normal part of life that it is almost weird when you’re not on it. This applies to both churches and organizations as individuals. There’s an expectation that, even in limited terms, it is a way to contact and connect with you. The novelty has worn off, and more people and organizations are reconsidering use of social media. Reasons vary. From mental health to giving energy to more core activities. For these and other activities, people and organizations quit social media and delete their accounts. Before doing that there are things to consider before deleting social media accounts.
I’ve been reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020 from the first week of December 2019. Some thoughts are yet to be fully developed. I’m comfortable with some things unresolved. Reflection shouldn’t always be about reaching resolution. As we look at 2020 as individuals, churches and organizations we should keep this in mind. Anyway, I thought it would be helpful to look back at the year past and dream out loud a little.
At the time of writing this, over 16,600 posts have been published on ChurchMag. Many people serving God’s mission in communities around the world have benefited. Before I get carried away, I will do a separate decade review later. This post is about a chapter of the bigger story. For now we look at the top eleven ChurchMag posts of 2019.
The Sunday after Christmas and or the first of the year is a little awkward. Few people show up for ‘usual’ gathering. From food comas, family visiting, reasons vary for missing church. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Families spending time with those they don’t or haven’t seen in a long time. Besides this, the Sunday after Christmas has other interesting characteristics. And, there are some things worth our attention.
Christmas isn’t Jesus real birthday. It has become a widely accepted time to reflect on His birth though. What’s more important, in my books, is not whether we say, “Merry Christmas”, or “Happy Holidays”, but that we embody the essence of Jesus’ coming. This is a great time to reflect on God coming to us. In fact “adventus”, the Latin root of “advent” loosely translates, “the coming” or “arrival”. It’s inspiring to see some people share their reflections on social media. Here are some noteworthy Christmas social media posts.