The FOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICES of the ADVENT CONSPIRATOR
Four Practices That Have Helped Families, Small Groups, & Churches Celebrate a More Stress-Free, Jesus-Centered Christmas
Every year we used to get sucked into it—the frenetic busyness, shopping obligations, and financial stress.
Everyone knew there was something wrong with the way we were doing Christmas. The question was, How do we steer this birthday party back to Jesus?
At the time a lot of Christians were criticizing retailers for saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas—but that wasn’t really the heart of the problem. Then a few pastors—Rick, Chris, and Greg, who you can meet at adventconspiracy.org—asked themselves this:
What do we want for our communities, and our families?
Four ideas emerged that have now helped people around the world celebrate a Christmas focused on the manger rather than the mall.
We called them the four pillars of our advent season. Another way to think of them is as spiritual practices. Every Christmas season is a new opportunity to dive deeper into them. We hope you will join us here on this blog for this year’s dive into the four spiritual practices that help conspirators everywhere celebrate a more Christ-centered Christmas.
WORSHIP FULLY – Because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus.
SPEND LESS – Feel less stress, and free resources for things that matter to Jesus.
GIVE MORE – Give relationally to offer one another presence, rather than merely presents.
LOVE ALL – Love the forgotten, the poor, marginalized, and sick in the ways Jesus asked us to.
Conspirators from every continent on earth (except Antartica…what’s up Antartica?) have used these four practices to break free from cultural forces that stress us out, and have little to do with Jesus.
If throwing a birthday party for Jesus that fits his character sounds like something worth conspiring for to you, here are 4 things you can do:
- Follow this blog, and share it with others.
- Check out the resources at adventconspiracy.org/resources
- Share the AC videos you’ll find there with others.
- As the season progresses, check out the ideas other conspirators share online, and post your own to share with others.
The Advent Conspiracy is not an organization, and it does not want your money.
It is, rather, the Body of Christ conspiring to…
WORSHIP FULLY SPEND LESS GIVE MORE LOVE ALL
…to put Christ back at the center of our Christmas.
We hope you’ll conspire with us this advent season to do that.