5 Items to Prepare for Christmas Events
Christmas is literally around the corner. With less than 5 weeks to go, it’s time to start preparing for our Christmas services and events. However, it helps to know what it is you need to prepare for outside of our regular events and services. Remember the importance of these points below as you walk through the preparation with your teams and you will be far ahead of the game.
Start with Story
We have said this hundreds of times, but it’s always worth saving again. Start with story. It is much easier to come up with creative ideas based around a great story than to come up with a story to fit a creative idea. Remember, you message should be stickier than your media; stickier than your new technology. People will enjoy a cool prop, effect, or creative use of technology, but they will remember and share their experience that speaks to them on a deeper level.
Script out your events
I have been involved first hand in services that were unscripted. And more often than not, they were complete disasters. This doesn’t mean you need to type out every word spoken, but you do need to have a clear plan that your entire team can easily follow during your services. This will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the long run.
Content is Key
Once you have your story and know your setup it’s time to choose your content. Be sure it matches the tone and environment of your story. As a reminder, here are a few guidelines to choose great content for your events.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice, practice, practice. This sounds so simple, but is so often overlooked. You might not need to practice every moment, but once you have your script you will see where the challenges and bottlenecks in your services are and allow you to work through them.
How often have you given everything you have for an event only to simply see if flash by in a matter of minutes. Be so prepared that you and your team are able to be present and engaged. A team of artists, worship leaders, pastors, and techs that are fully engaged and present are far more likely to leave satisfied than frustrated. Remember that just because you are part of the event doesn’t mean that you can’t be in the event.
We’ll talk more at length about most of these, but wanted you to have some food for thought before the long holiday weekend. Enjoy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you back on Monday for the official kick off to Transform Christmas 2016!