About this Issue
Welcome to this special Christmas issue of Sunday| Magazine. Each October we take one whole issue to look at the creative process of one church’s Christmas services. We explore what they did, what they learned, and what we can learn from their successes and failures.
This year we’re looking at JourneyChurch.tv in Norman, Oklahoma. Norman is a southern suburb of Oklahoma City—very close to Moore, which recently gained fame from a terrible tornado that tore through the town.
The metropolitan area of Oklahoma City consists of about 1.2 million people. And JourneyChurch.tv has a congregation of around 5,000 people.
While we’ll be exploring one church throughout this whole issue, this creative endeavor is not necessarily something your church should aspire to. This isn’t the model for a successful Christmas service. There isn’t just one correct model.
Rather, this issue is about getting a glimpse into the inner workings of another church. There are lessons and truths that you can take and apply to your particular church context. Some ideas might work perfectly for your church community. Some would be disastrous to try. Take these articles and contextualize them.
Beyond that, you should be encouraged. Every church, no matter the size or the budget, struggles with some of the same things you do. We all want to find a way to reach our communities with the truth of the Gospel and the love of Jesus. That goal unites us.
To put this issue together, we interviewed a couple people at JourneyChurch.tv. We talked to:
- Marty Taylor, Creative Arts Pastor
- Trent Langrehr, Worship Pastor
- Steven Hall, Lighting Director
Each of these guys had a big part in putting together their Christmas services, along with many volunteers and fellow staff members.
You have your own Christmas giant to slay in a few weeks. But right now, enjoy learning from these folks and seeing behind the scenes of their church.
Be encouraged. Be inspired. And have a very merry, early Christmas.