Pause-Christmas

The Pressure of Christmas

General / Holidays / Leadership //

There’s no denying that Christmas is busy.
If you work for a church, there’s more to do.
If you go to a church there’s more to do.
Then there is shopping for gifts, and wrapping, and parties, and on and on…

Then, on top of that, we have all sorts of voices – blogs, pastors, friends – reminding us that this is a season that we’re supposed to slow down. Spend more time with family. Spend more time reflecting on our Creator’s birth.

But we already know that.
The families we minister to already know that.

I wonder how helpful it is to point out what people already know and struggle with. Doesn’t that just cause more stress? During the busy seasons of life, wouldn’t it be better to provide opportunities for slowing down? I’m not talking about adding another event but finding ways that we can support families where they are – to let them know that they are accepted, even if they are busy.

I think those of us in children & family ministry need to start thinking of ways we can help families engage in the celebration of the season, maintaining focus on the real reasons, but somehow lowering the bar for parents rather than adding an extra obligation. We need to accept our families where they are while helping them escape the burdensome hustle in which they have found themselves.

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About the Author

Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.