Let’s be honest, Christmas is to churches what the Super Bowl is to the NFL or what tax day is to accountants. It’s a big day, and it’s a lot of work. Months of planning and preparation, aligning volunteer schedules, budgeting for decorations, organizing connection cards and more. December can often feel like a sprint to the finish line, and if we’re being truthful… We’re already exhausted and the month just started.
Staff members are the backbone of the church.
Like Christmas elves, they feverishly work behind the scenes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. What would we do without them? Nothing. That’s what. So, in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, let’s take time to honor and encourage these staff members. As Paul said, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25
Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your church staff this holiday season:
Write Them a Note
A little can go a long way. Taking the time to write a thoughtful note of gratitude (whether digital or hand-written) can be a helpful source of encouragement as they work tirelessly to get everything done. Include specific, personalized reasons you are grateful for the work they do. It’s a simple way to remind them that they are seen and the work they do is appreciated.
Remind Them to Rest
This one may sound silly, but a friendly reminder from their leader to slow down, rest and celebrate the season with loved ones can be impactful. A great way to do this is through leading by example. Are you building moments of rest and awe into your December routine? Take a ride around your neighborhood and look at Christmas lights with family or sit down with a book you’ve been hoping to read. Whatever rest looks like to you!
Give them a gift
You may be thinking, “Really? Spend more money right now?” It doesn’t have to be anything large or extravagant, just something given with the spirit of generosity. Maybe it’s their favorite treat or a gift card to the local coffee shop. This can be a simple way to say, “I see you and I appreciate you.”
(Don’t forget to ‘account’ for the fact that the gift might be taxable. See our article on Love Offerings.)
Encouraging your church team does not need to be extravagant, expensive or take too much time. Oftentimes, small acts done with great love can have a significant impact. So, spread a little Christmas cheer and let’s all cross that finish line together!