The Makings of a Conspiracy
It all started over a decade ago...when a few pastors were lamenting how they’d come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing they’d missed it – the awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation.
For many of us, Christmas has become about drowning in a sea of financial debt and endless lists of gifts to buy. We struggle to find the connection between our Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress has overtaken worship and celebration. The time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest is often the hardest. Somehow, this has become the new normal.
Back in 2006, three pastors, Chris Seay, Greg Holder, and Rick McKinley, decided to try something different. They called it the Advent Conspiracy movement, and came up with four tenets—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—to guide themselves, their families, and congregations through the Christmas season.
This year at Grace Point, we're joining the Advent Conspiracy.
We decided, as a church, to align ourselves--both campuses and all age groups--around the 4 tenets in an effort to make Christmas meaningful again for all in our church family.
Here's what the month will look like:
- A 4-week Sermon Series covering the 4 tenets (Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22)
- Life Groups will go through a curriculum with weekly application based on the Advent Conspiracy book. Those not currently in a Life Group can join a special 4-week small group just for this purpose. The best way to get the most out of this series is to go through it with a small group!
- Students and Kids ministries will have engaging, age-appropriate Advent Conspiracy lessons accompanied by fun, meaningful activities to help younger ones connect with the teachings.