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?”
As we look at church social media policy, I’d like to share a pertinent personal experience. I’ve been on staff at my church since 2006, and in that time, I’ve been fairly engaged in social media. No big deal, right? Then, 2016 happened, and everything changed. I don’t like President Trump. I think he’s crass, narcissistic, and erratic. Feel free to disagree with me—that’s the benefit to living in a free, democratic society—I can have opinions you don’t like, and it won’t affect you at all. But there have been times when I expressed my opinions about the president poorly, and I offended some of my friends.
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.
I’ve held off on writing this series for several months, for two reasons. First, I’m in grad school, and I’m writing my thesis right now. It’s taking up all of my extra brain space, but today, I need a break. Second, I recently made a huge mistake on social media—which we’ll come back to in the second post—and I wanted there to be some space between my mistake and my (hopefully not hypocritical) attempts to offering insight and advice on this site. It’s been almost five months since then, so I think we’re ready to begin talking about why your church needs a social media policy.
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.
We’ve explored at the importance of planning here. And then, in this post we looked at the culture of planning in churches and organizations. Now let’s dive into another aspect of planning. Planning your planning in more practical sense. Let’s look at the rhythm of planning in your church and organization.