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.
ChurchMag has been going for over a decade now. Whoa. Let that sink in. Many churches, church tech, communications and creatives have found support over the years. Somewhere along the journey the podcast came along. We’re not done yet, but it’s always cool to look back. Here are the top 10 ChurchMag podcast episodes since the podcast started to the end of the 2010s decade.
A lot of people are more open to attending church around Christmas and Easter. This is important especially for those who don’t consider themselves Christ followers. This is why churches need to be deliberate in their planning for this and similar seasons. Without further ado, here are tips to get your church ready for the Christmas season.