For Christmas Productions, Plan, Work as a Team, Look to a Vision and Mission

What is the purpose of your church’s Christmas program? Maybe it’s an outreach to your community. Perhaps it’s a creative outlet for your arts teams or part of a long-standing tradition.

For Christmas Productions, Plan, Work as a Team, Look to a Vision and Mission
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least, it’s supposed to be, right?

The joy of Christmas, though, ends up getting overloaded with parties, shopping, school programs, and church programs, and it ends up being more hectic and frenzied than anything else. So, when it comes to planning your church’s Christmas program, here are a few helpful things to keep in mind and hopefully smooth out your planning process.

If you’re reading this now and are worried that you are too late — unless it’s December — you can still pull off a great Christmas program.

1. Start early

At Trinity Church, we start planning for Christmas in January.

Of course, we are not figuring out all the details of our program at this point, but we start the discussion. One of the reasons for doing this is because Christmas is still fresh in our minds. Part of this meeting is to talk about what went well during our most recent program, and what needs to be thrown out.

January is also a time when Christmas resources still abound. Most planning websites are full of Christmas things still, and many churches have also posted videos of their Christmas programs online. I like to watch a few of those videos to get some ideas on things we can add to our next planned program.

While this article was originally published in September, if you’re reading this now and are worried that you are too late — unless it’s December — you can still pull off a great Christmas program. You just might want to consider starting earlier next year.

2. Start with a vision

What is the purpose of your church’s Christmas program? Maybe it’s an outreach to your community. Perhaps it’s a creative outlet for your arts teams or part of a long-standing tradition.

In general, if you do not know why you are doing something, you should consider if you should be doing it at all.

The vision can also drive your creative elements. If your Christmas program’s purpose is to provide warm fuzzies to your regular people, it might look more like a church service than if your goal is to reach the under-30 crowd in your community. We try to purpose our program as an outreach to our community, so we spend money on promoting it outside our church to bring people in.

For our 2016 production, an unchurched person came and while she loved the program, commented to her friend who invited her that the music was a “bit Jesus-y, but that’s OK, I guess I was in a church.”

When I look back at the song choices, I saw a lot of contemporary Christian Christmas songs, but few traditional Christmas songs that would otherwise be familiar to the unchurched crowd.


More About David Erlandson
David is the Pastor of Worship at Trinity Church in Mentor, Ohio. In addition to worship leader, he’s also tech director, IT, lighting designer, video producer, and stage designer. He and his amazing wife Sarah, have two little boys that keep them quite busy. When he’s not spending time with his family, he’s fixing the house, reading tech blogs, watching Star Wars, or cheering on the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Connect with David on Twitter @daviderlandson.
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