How Long Does a Christmas Offering Last? Can I Extend It into the New Year?

The early response to the 2012 debut of my “How to Plan and Conduct an Effective Christmas Offering” resource has been great – thanks to all who’ve already secured yours!

To celebrate, I’m sharing some Christmas Offering FAQ’s this week – here’s one I hear from time to time:

If we start the offering around Thanksgiving and run it into (or through) January, should we really call it a “Christmas Offering?”

The concept of this special offering is about helping people stretch spiritually and fund Kingdom efforts at a time when they’re in the giving spirit in general.

That’s why I use the term “Christmas Offering” to describe this type of offering in my training and discussions.

That being said, you can call it whatever you think will best connect with your people.

If you’re planning to allow people to give to it into the new year, “Christmas Offering” may not be as compelling.

And allowing people to give into the month of January is a good strategy – because some people will be able to give more after the first of the year!

At The Journey we typically refer to it as our “special offering” or “annual offering,” because we often extend it through January.

P.S. For all the details on setting up your Christmas Offering (including when to start and stop it), click the link below to secure your copy of “How to Plan and Conduct an Effective Christmas Offering”:

It’s just been updated with all my learnings from 2011 and the latest files for 2012!

Don’t delay – it’s only available through November 19

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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