Is Your Church Planning Christmas?

By Tim Schraeder
Planning ChristmasChristmas is a highlight on the church calendar and marks a time when numbers of people find their way back to church. With Christmas less than  a month away, many church leaders are in the midst of preparing for Christmas services, community outreaches, and other holiday-related events.
Creating space for people to experience the wonder of Christmas and the life-giving message of the Gospel it brings is no small task. Knowing the importance and weight that the Christmas season carries with it, the folks at and have organized Planning Christmas as a resource for pastors and church leaders.
Planning Christmas assembles pastors, worship leaders, creative directors and other church creatives from around the globe to share some ideas, insights, and encouragement for teams planning Christmas services and events for their churches. Each week, a number of new videos will be posted on the Planning Christmas site from various contributors along with links to some helpful [and sometimes free!] resource to help with Christmas service planning.
Contributors include:
  • Shawn Wood, Freedom Church
  • Maurilio Amorim, The A Group
  • Cassandra Langton, Hillsong Church
  • Stephen Brewster, Cross Point Church
  • Gary Molander, Floodgate Productions
  • Blaine Hogan, Willow Creek Community Church
  • …and more
Christmas is a pivotal time in the many people’s spiritual journeys. Take advantage of this special time of the year to create an environment for people to experience the love of God in fresh and meaningful ways.
Visit to learn more and be sure to visit the site every Wednesday and Friday between now and Christmas for helpful content and resources as you plan for Christmas.
Merry Christmas!

Tim Schraeder

Tim Schraeder is a church communications specialist, working with churches across the country through his role in church relations with ChurchSolutions Group and as co-director of the Center for Church Communications, the parent organization of Tim is also the generaleditor of the forthcoming book, Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication. He blogs his thoughts on church communications at and blogsin under 140 characters @TimSchraeder.