One of the biggest challenges with planning creative elements in your church’s services is getting everyone on your team on the same page. There have been times in my own ministry journey where I’ve worked hard on a project only to discover later that it didn’t align with my lead pastor’s vision for that season. In the same way, I’ve experienced times when our church’s creative team was totally in sync with our leadership, yet we failed to properly communicate that vision with the other departments in our church.
Churches are at their best when all of their leaders are aligned with a single vision.
In an effort to create a clear, understandable vision for our leaders throughout the year, our church’s creative team developed this Creative Service Planning Calendar. For a long time, we had been trying to develop a creative planning process and a system for laying out our sermon schedule. We also had hoped for a way to align what we were preaching with the other areas of communication and creativity throughout our church.
While this new system isn’t perfect and we’re still making changes as we discover the role it plays in our organization, I thought it may be a good, downloadable resource to share with the TCP community. Feel free to change and adapt it to your own church’s needs and planning preferences. It was a big shift for our leadership to implement, so I recommend being flexible when you begin using it.Download Creative Service Planning Calendar
What Do You Think?
Is this something you would use in your church? Do you already have a planning calendar like this in place? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
You pretty much just provided a year’s worth of work i’ve been doing on the side of my projects. We NEED something like this to help support our ministry workers and help serve our churches into success by supporting our pastors. Thank you. Thank you.
That’s awesome. Glad to be a resource for you and your church!
This is awesome! I really appreciate your website. Although I don’t usually comment, I have used many of your ideas at our church. THANK YOU for this resource.
This is great to hear! :)
The template won’t let me download it
This document is amazing!
Glad you like it!
WOW…JUST WOW…Thanks for sharing…amaZing!
Awesome resource!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Glad to help! :)
Just made some edits to this based on how we plan. Instead of monthly, we changed it to the Series Titles for each section. Then renamed the sections to: Message Title, Sticky Statement, Scripture, Call to Action/Illustration, Tech/Media Elements, Special Events, Song Suggestions, Social Media/Marketing.
Thanks so much for this tool to get us started! It will be well utilized in our long-term planning!
Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been wanting to set up a calendar, but never had a chance to. This will be a big help for me. Thanks again! I’m just finding out about the page and excited to see what else is on here! God bless you!
We have something very similar in Excel but with each of our communications channels identified. If anyone is interested, email me – happy to share.
Hi, Robert. I would be interested in your excel calendar, if you are still willing to share. Thank you!
Obrigado! Thank you!
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Great resource bro!
Thank you so much! Right now I am the creative and production leader in my church and this website have helped me a lot!
Yes! Gonna give it a whirl.
Incredible! We are going to do great things for the Lord this year and this will help everybody take a vital part to make it happen!! God Bless you abundantly!!
This is AWESOME! Do you happen to have the full year’s version of this? Would love to get it at [email protected]