Our Gospel.link site is joining the Advent Conspiracy, an international movement of thousands of churches rethinking how to approach Advent as Christians amidst an over-the-top culture.
We've gathered many of the already available online resources, including some excellent videos, and placed them online for each week of Advent. We also created a leader's guide that has tips for preaching on this topic based on the lectionary readings. Take 2 minutes to watch the first video:
The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale.
In 2006 five pastors imagined a better Christmas practice for their own communities. Today, Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas through Worshipping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All.
Also from The Pastoral Center:
Handouts/inserts for a simpler, more faith-filled Advent
Advent can be a very stressful time, and we're not just talking about church leaders! Use these visually striking, thoughtful, reproducible handouts in your community to invite everyone to rediscover the joy of a simpler and more faith-filled Advent and Christmas.