Three Reasons Small Group Christmas Parties Fail

Three Reasons Small Group Christmas Parties Fail
Small group Christmas parties happens once a year. The annual Christmas party is the optimal time to create memories that bonds a group forever. We don’t want to waste the moment so it’s important that we avoid anything that makes it a failure. Below you’ll find a few things that cause a Small Group Christmas party to fail. Avoid them if at all possible.
    1.     Not calendaring the Christmas party far in advance. The Christmas party won’t be effective if the entire group is not in attendance, and the Christmas season is a very busy time. If you don’t calendar the Christmas party as far in advance as possible, some group members’ schedules will fill up and you’ll be unable to find a date that will work for everyone.
    2.     Not actually partying. All too often small group leaders feel the obligation to make the primary experience a Bible study each time the group gets together. It’s not only OK to simply play games, watch a Christmas movie, exchange Dirty Santa gifts, etc… The night the group has it’s annual Christmas party, it’s important to. For sure, end the evening with prayer requests and reading the story of Christ’s birth from Scripture, but on this particular evening, create a relaxed and playful environment most of the evening.

3.     Making it too big a deal. Sometimes groups determine they want to make their Christmas party an event for the socially elite. People are expected to dress up, the meal demands every household bring massive amounts of their most alluring recipe, and everyone is to pick up a very special gift. The Christmas season is a very busy time of year. If group members have to rush home from work, cook a special dish or two, pick up a gift, and dress up, they’ll be too exhausted (or bitter) to enjoy the evening. If you’re going to create a Hollywood style experience either do the party on a Saturday or minimize the expectations.

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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.

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