“I love the idea of Advent Conspiracy but I don’t know where to start.”
“I found your website and I want my church to do Advent Conspiracy.”
“This is my first year doing Advent Conspiracy…I’m a little overwhelmed.”
These are some of the comments we’ve heard over the years and we’re here to help! First of all, if you’re feeling like God is calling you, your family, or your church to participate in Advent Conspiracy – to God be all praise! Making that first decision to say no to the old way of doing things and to say yes to a fuller, richer, Christmas, is something to celebrate. Way to go!
This isn’t a formula or strict set of rules. Advent Conspiracy is about reorienting our hearts back to Christ. It’s about letting go of traditions that actually take our focus away from God during Christmas. Things like overstuffed schedules, credit card debt, stress and dread have replaced the hope and peace the angels speak of.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. – Luke 2:14
Advent Conspiracy started when a few pastors realized people were struggling to find the connection between Christmas to-do lists and the story of Jesus’ birth. An overwhelming stress had overtaken the worship and celebration of Jesus.
We are not an organization, a denomination, or a single church. Advent Conspiracy is a movement of churches, families, friends, and organizations who have made the declaration to celebrate Christmas in a radical, God honoring way. The four tenets of Advent Conspiracy are simple but life changing: Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All.
We worship fully because Christmas is about Jesus. If we forget this foundational truth, everything else falls apart. Let our actions and our words come from a place of worship. We spend less because we know mindless consumption is not the way to celebrate Jesus. By spending a little less on ourselves we are able to joyfully give to others in need. We give more of ourselves because this is the way of Jesus. God gave us his Son and now it is our turn to reflect that same selflessness to the world. We share our time, talents, and presence with the people we love. We love all because we have been loved first. The poor and hurting of our world can be reached by God through the way we choose to celebrate Christmas.
As the Church, we are telling the story of Jesus to the watching world. Join us.
For those who are new to Advent Conspiracy and overwhelmed about where to start, we’d recommend starting small. Commit to making one change this Christmas and ask God to help you in that process.
- Read the Advent Conspiracy book or watch the small group videos with some friends.
- Talk to your family and friends. Pray together. Pick one area to cut back on this year and see how it goes.
- Download the free resources. The reading plan and devotional are great first steps.
- Check out the stories page. See how other families and churches have made Advent Conspiracy personal.