Thom S. Rainer: 9 Clear Trends in How Churches Approach Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve is less than a month away. Most churches have some type of Christmas Eve services, but we are seeing clear trends in how churches approach them. Every time we write or podcast something about these services, we get a lot of comments and questions. In that context, here is an update on nine clear trends we are seeing:

  1. It is growing in importance. Non-Christians are more likely to come to worship services on Christmas Eve than any other day of the year, including Easter. Church leaders get it. They are putting more prayer, preparation, and strategic thinking into the services.
  2. There are three popular times for the service. Whether a church has one or multiple Christmas Eve services, three times are more popular than others: later afternoon (typically for families with young children and for older adults); early evening (the more traditional time); and late evening (for empty nesters and families with teenage or grown children).
  3. The services are traditional. They include traditional hymns and carols. They may include some time for the lighting of the final advent candle.
  4. The services are brief. The typical length is 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. The pastor’s message is brief. The typical length is 10 to 15 minutes.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Thom S. Rainer