New Book to Help Churches Plan Christmas

Contact: Katie Strandlund

Oct. 16, 2015 (Los Angeles) – Christmas is coming—break out the eggnog and candy canes! But for church communicators, this isn’t always a season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Christmas often means pulling out all the stops—adorable pageants, packed pews, beloved music. Not to mention planning it all on a very limited budget.

For many communicators, planning Christmas services often starts too late and never seems to end.

The Center for Church Communication (CFCC) and its flagship blog, Church Marketing Sucks, announce the launch of a new book to help churches plan Christmas. God Rest Ye Stressed Communicators: Planning Christmas for Your Church offers practical ideas and real-world examples to help churches plan and promote their Christmas services and events.

“Christmas is so important for churches,” says CFCC Executive Director Chuck Scoggins. “But it can be such a drain on pastors, staff and volunteers. We wanted to offer some much-needed holiday help.”

God Rest Ye Stressed Communicators focuses on planning, promotion and de-stressing. It’s the ideal Christmas guide for churches. Drawing on the expertise of more than a dozen church communicators, the book offers advice on starting early, embracing tradition, recognizing your limits, spreading social media cheer and more.

With a foreword by church communication expert Stephen Brewster, God Rest Ye Stressed Communicators will be released in print and digital formats on Oct. 5 (digital pre-orders begin Sept. 16). Visit for more.

Founded in 2004, the Center for Church Communication is a firebrand of church communicators, sparking churches to communicate the gospel clearly, effectively and without compromise. The organization’s most visible project is Church Marketing Sucks, the church communications blog with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, How Magazine, The Boston Herald and more. CFCC has previously published the highly successful Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors and  Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication.