Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
As pastors who are responsible for studying, preaching and teaching the Word of God and as pastors of music/worship, how do we approach the Christmas season in the church?
The notion of “here we are again” can carry two different nuances. In the first it is stated with a notion of dread and tiredness since we have “been there, done that.” We feel a burden to come up with something new and fresh . . . again. In the second, it is stated with a notion of excitement since we can celebrate something familiar and we get to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love . . . again.
Keith Getty acknowledges some of these sentiments in that often we approach this with feeling “overwhelmed, exhausted, and lacking in creative freshness.” In response, he provides 5 Reasons for Musicians and Church Leaders to Love Carolling the Story I simply include the list and encourage you to read the rest of the article.
So “here we are again” in the Christmas season.