As Christmas approaches, our church goes into another gear. It gets very intense around here in the month of December. Many of our staff and technical volunteers put in dozens of hours, perhaps even hundreds, to prepare Christmas for you and your family!
Here’s why. We have discovered that Christmas is our BEST opportunity to share the Gospel people who need Jesus. We will reach more people around Christmas than any other time of the year. I came across a statistic that really explains why on Jonathan Herron’s blog.
The Top 5 times* that people are most open to considering matters of faith are:
5. After the birth of a baby (28%)
4. After a natural disaster (34%)
3. After a major national crisis, i.e. 9/11 (38%)
2. During the Easter season (38%)
1. During the Christmas season (47%)!
Yep, that’s just what we figured. We can tell by our ticket distribution for our Christmas Experiences. We expect OVER 1200 people this Christmas to come through our doors and hear our presentation of the Gospel.
Yet, one of the most frustrating things we face is that it is also one of the hardest times to get anyone to volunteer. As we have hundreds of people who don’t know Christ come to our church, we want them to EXPERIENCE the Gospel and not just hear it. We want to provide a 5-star experience when they come. That begins in the parking lot (which might be a little chaotic for these experiences). We need people NOW more than ever.
If you want to seriously be part of reaching people with the Gospel, then Christmas is the time when you should step up, not shrink back. I know that many people are so busy making cookies, shopping and planning parties. But isn’t the eternal destiny of our friends, neighbors, co-workers and family important enough that we could could carve out time to help them meet Jesus? Could you make cookies an hour later so you can come serve at just one of our experiences?
We need people to help greet, seat, park and help in our Children’s ministry (only age 4 and under). If you want to make time to be part of this impact, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need you NOW more than ever!
* stats courtesy of LifeWay Research