7 Tips for Simplifying Your Holiday Calendar


The holiday season is a special time for the church community, filled with opportunities to connect, celebrate, and share the joy of the season. However, managing the church’s holiday calendar can be overwhelming, with the temptation to pack it full of events and activities. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of simplifying your approach to the holidays and focusing on just a couple of impactful events that will truly resonate with your congregation and the wider community.

Reflect on Your Church’s Mission and Values

Before diving into the holiday calendar, it’s essential to reflect on your church’s mission and values. What is it that your community stands for, and how can you align your holiday events with these principles? Consider what you want to achieve during the holiday season and how you can make a positive impact on your congregation and the community.

Choose a Theme or Focus

Rather than scattering your efforts across numerous events, select a theme or focus for your holiday season. For example, you might choose “Hope and Renewal” or “Community Outreach.” This will provide a clear direction for your planning and help you choose the most impactful activities that align with your theme.

Prioritize Key Events

Identify one or two key events that will be at the heart of your holiday calendar. These should be events that resonate with your congregation and have the potential to make a lasting impact on the community. It could be a Christmas Eve service, a community outreach project, or a special holiday concert. By narrowing down your focus, you can dedicate more time and resources to making these events truly special.

Collaborate with the Community

The holiday season is an excellent time to strengthen your ties with the wider community. Consider collaborating with local organizations, schools, or businesses to create joint holiday events or initiatives. Working together not only simplifies the planning process but also fosters a sense of unity and goodwill within the community.

Embrace the Power of Technology

In today’s digital age, technology can be a valuable tool for simplifying your holiday calendar. Use your website, social media platforms, and email newsletters to keep your congregation informed about upcoming events and how they can get involved. Encourage online registration for events to better manage attendance and ensure a smooth experience for everyone.

Delegate and Involve Volunteers

Don’t bear the responsibility of holiday planning alone. Involve church members in the process and delegate tasks to volunteers. Whether it’s decorating the church, organizing a food drive, or coordinating a holiday performance, sharing the workload will make the planning process more manageable and foster a sense of community involvement.

Gather Feedback

After the holiday season has concluded, gather feedback from your congregation and the community to assess the impact of your chosen events. This information can be valuable for future planning, helping you refine your approach and further strengthen your connection with your community.

Simplifying your church’s holiday calendar and focusing on a couple of impactful events can lead to a more meaningful and resonant holiday season for your congregation and the community at large. It also helps counter the holiday hustle that happens in our culture this time of year. By aligning your holiday plans with your church’s mission and values, collaborating with the community, and promoting quality over quantity, you can create lasting memories and strengthen the bonds that make your church a center of hope and goodwill during the holidays.

Josh Tarp, Author

About the Author

Josh Tarp is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and worship leader from Minneapolis with over 15 years of experience in church & worship leadership. Josh serves as the Director of Marketing at Motion Worship, helping to write various blog posts, managing social media, designing graphics, and handling customer service.

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