Avoiding Experiments at Christmas

Christmas planning at your church is most likely underway. And while some churches may be further along in the process than others, there’s one thing I want you to think about this year. Are your services going to be an experiment or something tried and true?

The inspiration for this question stems from a 2012 Echo Conference session where Stephen Brewster talked about the creative process. As Creative Arts Pastor at Cross Point Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee, he was honest and open about how he ruined Easter one year. They dreamt big and did something very experimental that ended up missing the true message of Easter: the hope that comes from Jesus’ resurrection. He went on to talk about how big weekends at churches, like Easter and Christmas, are times to avoid experiments. He said, “We have 50 other weeks to try something new.”

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