The Countdown to Christmas Checklist

Christmas is fast approaching! Wasn’t it just last month that it was “Back to School” night? Time sure does fly by and now it gets real intense because Christmas is one of the biggest events of the year. But, over the course of the month, there tends to be much more than just Christmas Eve and Christmas day services. The month of December can be filled with a ton of great opportunities for you and your Church.

So what can you do to make sure you have everything covered this Christmas? Here are some specific actions you can take.

Pray. That’s right, I said it, pray! Before you get going on any plans or strategy with the last few weeks before Christmas, you need pray. My encouragement would be to start by praying for your team, your Church, people to discover who Christ is this Christmas. Also, create a prayer list for your team and send it to them via email so they can be praying with you. Finally, pick a few people each day that you are ministering to or are your volunteers and text them asking how you can be praying for them today. It’s a great way to start. Check out this video talking about this a little bit more in depth.

Make a list of all your Christmas activities. Before you can really address updating your newsletter, email messages, website and social media channels, you have to first make a list of all that is happening in and around your Church this Christmas season. What are they, where are they, who are they for, etc. Make sure you get all the details so you can update all your communications.

Make a list of opportunities for your Church to serve. This time of year presents all these great opporutnites for your Church to reach more people for Christ. However, in order to pull off this successfully, you need some great volunteers to help you pull them off. Create a list and then use a Sign up Genius for people to sign up and serve the events you have going.

Make sure all your events are on the Web and Social Media. Whether you have a Communication Director or not at your Church, you can still check out your Church’s website and make sure your ministry events are on the site. Here is a video highlighting the value of this.

Create Facebook events for your events. If you have a Communications or Social Media Director at your Church, make sure he/she knows what ministry events you all have and that they create Facebook events for them. If you don’t have a person in charge, you can simply create and event page for your event from your personal Facebook account.

Make a video. Video is valued content these days. Facebook loves it and young people love it. What a great way to communicate to your volunteers, those you are ministering to, or even to promote Christmas Eve during the month of December. Here are 4 reasons why you should do a video.

Continue to keep people’s focus on Christ. The Christmas season is a very busy time of year and our focus can be on anywhere OTHER than the birth of Christ. One way you can encourage others at your Church and in your community is to start an Online Life Group sharing scripture verses, devotional thoughts and Christmas music and hymn. I started an Online Life Group on Facebook entitled “Countdown to Christmas” and it had the most people ever in one of our Online Life Groups. People shared regularly about how this was an encouragement for them.

Have fun and enjoy the season! That’s right, all throughout December it can be stressful, so make sure you have fun. Enjoy the month of December. Don’t let the Christmas spirit slip away so have some fun with your friends and family.

Make sure your volunteers have fun, too! As mentioned above December can be stressful…not just for you BUT for your volunteers as well. Email, text or message them some funny memes, Christmas questions,

Make Christmas Eve memorable…for your volunteers. Serving and helping out on Christmas Eve, a family focused day, can be time consuming and stressful. So, as the main leader, make sure you make Christmas Eve memorable for your volunteers. You know your volunteers the best, but maybe have selected food for them to eat while they volunteer, get them Santa hats to wear or encourage them to wear ugly sweaters while they serve, maybe play some fun trivia with them over the time they are serving. The opportunities are endless of what you can do, just do something. Watch this video for some ideas.

Cast Vision. Just because it is Christmas time and there is a lot of emphasis on Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t cast vision. You can watch this video or click this blog post about the value of casting vision to your volunteers and those you are ministering to.


The countdown to Christmas can be very stressful, not just for you but for volunteers and many others as well. However, it doesn’t have to be. Use this checklist as a guide to help take the stress off a little so you can be productive and enjoying this time of year.

What do you think? Is there anything else you would add to this checklist to help December be an a stress-free, enjoyable time as well as one filled with opportunities fulfilled for your Church? Share your thoughts below or social media using #ymsidekick when you post. 

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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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