Love Gave Hope 2012

We are happy to be partnering again with Love Gave this year for a tremendous outreach.

Love Gave is bringing thousands of people together to raise funds, supplies, and awareness for abandoned, abused, and neglected children. The goal of LoveGave Hope is to raise $100,000 to meet the needs of local organizations in Charleston, SC. For 58 straight hours, they’re gonna take over 2 Super Walmart locations broadcasting LIVE at All to help provide relief to orphans. For more information, or to get involved, please visit

Christmas 2012

As you are doing your planning for Christmas this year, we hope you will find the resources here from previous years to be helpful and inspiring. If you have anything about your planning that you’d like to share with the group, please contact us by clicking the “SHARE” button at the top of this page! We’d love to keep the new ideas flowing. Merry Christmas, and may your ministry continue to reflect His light and grace through this holiday season.

Shawn and the OSDS team

A Big “Thank You”

We just want to say a special thanks to everyone who contributed, read, tweeted #planningchristmas ideas this year. It was a gift to have so many people participate, and it is our prayer that God will show himself mighty in your services this Christmas and throughout 2012. We’d also like to thank Church Marketing Sucks and Our Shirts Don’t Suck for sponsoring this site and gathering awesome posts. We hope you’ll join us for more #planningchristmas next year!

Palm Valley #planningchristmas

Check out our latest video from Sean Smith and his team at Palm Valley Church in Goodyear, Arizona. Sean is the Creative Arts Pastor @PVChurch. You can check them out online at

Whitney George :: Church on the Move

It’s 12 days til Christmas! Is your church ready?!

Today we hear from Whitney George, the arts director at Church on the Move in Oklahoma, share about how he and his team work their creative process for Christmas planning. Church on the Move does some incredibly unique things to reach people through the Christmas season using music. Their creative process is unique and one we know you and your teams will benefit from hearing.

Check it out! Blog from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Whitney George is the arts director for Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. You can follow him on Twitter at @whitneygeorge.

To check out last year’s Celebrate With Family service, or to watch this year’s (going live on Christmas Eve), visit

To download tons of free resources for your church and follow along with the COTM staff blog posts on #crtvmin, #kidmin, and #stumin, check out Seeds at!
“The great deception of great art is that what appears to be very simple on the surface is not the product of a simple process. It’s the result of difficult decisions.”

Friday Trivia

It’s that time again. Here’s your Friday Trivia Question:
What is the name of Scrooge’s dead business partner?
The first to comment with the right answer wins a free tee!

Neil Greathouse #planningchristmas

Neil is creative director at New life Church in Arkansas.  This year, they’ve got some tricks up our sleeve for Christmas. Actually, they’re going sleeveless.

Here are a few links to the songs mentioned in this video:

Pie Jesu – Future of Forestry

Oh Holy Night – David Crowder

Janelle Monae – Gap ad

If you want more free downloadable content from @NLCcreative – visit

LoveGave Food

We’ve done a lot of talking about church planning for Christmas, and that’s awesome. This morning we have a video on an powerful community outreach program designed to help feed 1000 kids this Christmas. Even better, it’s going on RIGHT now in Charleston, SC and in Madison, MS. Check out the live stream on and watch the video below for more information.  If you tune in today from 11:00-12:30, you’ll catch Shawn and Laurel from Our Shirts Don’t Suck!

Triple Dose of Planning Christmas Goodness!

Hey everybody… welcome back to Planning Christmas!

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday… and anything else that happened between now and the last time we were together.

Tomorrow is December 1, so we’re closing in on the final weeks of planning for Christmas 2012. Don’t stress, though, today we’ve got a triple dose of Planning Christmas goodness for you.

First up, we have Maurilio Amorim. Maurilio is the CEO of The A Group and works with churches around the country on their branding, marketing, and communication. Maurilio shares some interesting thoughts with us today, challenging us to think about planning AFTER Christmas. Check it out:

And, next, we have Shawn Wood [the co-creator of Planning Christmas] and Robbie Foreman from Freedom Church in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, sharing about how they are planning for their first Christmas as a church plant. Shawn shares some non-negotiables for Christmas and Robbie tells us about a field trip that you and your team must take as you plan for Christmas.

Thanks for supporting Planning Christmas so far, and don’t worry, we’ve got more great ideas to share with you in the coming weeks. Be sure to follow the #PlanningChristmas hashtag and check back here on Wednesdays and Fridays for ideas and inspiration as you plan your church’s Christmas services.

Cornerstone Planning Christmas

Ja serves as the Campus Pastor and Jonathan Pearson is the Communications Director for Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is a culturally relevant, and ethnically diverse church in the heart of small town America. They are a multisite church with campuses in Orangeburg, Bamberg, and St. George, SC as well as abroad in Liberia. For more about Cornerstone, visit