Christmas is right around the corner. Can you believe it?
This Christmas, families will be reconciled, marriages healed, addictions overcome, lives surrendered, and hearts abandoned in worship because God is moving in the local church.
And that fires us up.
5 Must-Have Resources for Christmas
As we merrily approach Christmas, we’ve curated a few ways you can equip and empower your church this holiday season.
Get sermon outlines, artwork, promo videos, worship music, kids curriculum, and more free on the Open Network. Use them in your church just as they are or as inspiration to create your own Christmas message.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few resources sure to put a little “jolly” in Christmas experiences.
- Come to Worship message series: This four-week sermon series highlights different ways to worship God including lifting your hands, bringing your gifts, pouring out your heart, and bowing before Him.
- Hark! Worship resources: This modern take on “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is perfect for your Christmas services. Find chord charts, stems, and even a license-free lyric video!
- Christmas Party: In this Christmas stand-alone message, kids will party as they celebrate how God gave us the best gift ever when He gave us His Son, Jesus! Find videos, songs with motions, activities, and more from partner, NewSpring Church!
Tracking church data is easy (and free) with Church Metrics. Available on desktop and Android and iOS apps, Church Metrics gives you an easy way to input and display real-time church data, like attendance, salvations, giving, and more. Learn how to set up a special event for your Christmas services, and use the weather integration feature to note weather history and it’s impact on attendance.
Church Online Platform
Christmas can be a magnifier for a lot of people: it makes the good things in life feel really good, and the bad things feel really bad. In a season like Christmas, many people will be searching for hope. Meet them where they are—even online—by streaming Christmas services with the Church Online Platform.
“From seekers and homebound believers to those looking for their first experience with a church, the Church Online Platform allows us to connect with people right where they are.” Greg Surratt, Seacoast Church
YouVersion Bible App
God’s Word is alive and active. As pastors and church leaders, we know this to be true! Help your attenders this Christmas fall in love with God’s Word by introducing them to the YouVersion Bible App for adults and the Bible App for Kids for, well, kids.
Downloaded on more than 290,000,000 devices worldwide, the Bible App allows your attenders to engage in scripture anywhere, complete reading plans, earn badges, and share verses with friends and on social media.
Did you know that you can have your own content in the Bible App, too? With YouVersion Events, your church can add its own message outlines, announcements, links to online giving, and whatever else you need to communicate to your attenders—100% free.
“We’re excited to implement YouVersion in our ministry, especially the Events feature, where we insert each week’s teaching notes and comments. Our people appreciate having the notes at their fingertips, sharing them, and saving them. We’ve redirected thousands of dollars to other ministry needs by replacing printed programs!” Pastor Bill White, Christ Journey Church
Did you know 17% of all faith-based giving happens in December? Year-end bonuses, tax-deduction deadlines, and the spirit of holiday generosity all combine to make December an awesome month of giving.
If you accept gifts online or plan to implement a digital giving strategy, check out Give.Church by KINDRID.
Bonus App! Develop.Me
In ministry, we’re always looking ahead. After Christmas, it’ll be time to start thinking about 2018—help your team set goals, expand their capacity, and become the leaders God’s called them to be with our free performance review app made just for churches, Develop.Me.
Develop.Me helps you create a culture of development in your church staff. Transform your performance review cycle into year-round growth and collaboration to help your team reach its goals. See the difference it can make for you and your staff!
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