Merry Christmas — “Time for an Outreach Upgrade” by Rev. Scott Gress

Scott Gress writes,

Last week I tweeted, “What can you do to upgrade your Christmas service plans to more intentionally engage members and love visitors so more grow closer to Jesus?”

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Perhaps for a few more years, unchurched people will come to a Christmas Eve services, especially if they are brought by your members!

So what can you do? You already are trying your best to have a nice service. But chances are you are overlooking something. So the encouragement is to get pastors and people to look at the following content and make a decision about each point.

First how can you identify new and especially local people? Leaving it to the pastor’s memory isn’t going to be good enough, even if you have a small church. Multiple ways to catch people’s contact information is the best strategy.

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Scott Gress is called by Lutheran Counseling Services and partners with the FL-GA District of the Lutheran Church as an independent contractor. He specializes in Leadership Training, Consulting, Coaching and Coach Training. Contact Scott to continue the conversation or experience a free sample coaching session. 561-542-4472, or

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