Have you ever wondered what would happen, if you didn't do anything different on Easter Sunday, with it less than three weeks away?
Easter weekend is not the place to take big chances.
There are a lot of different ways to approach Easter services, but I can assure you that doing nothing different is not the best option.
We need to recognize that we have the responsibility to always prepare for those who are coming.
Regardless of the style or approach of your church, when a guest arrives, and with so many coming on Easter weekend, we want to be ready for them and help them understand the love, hope, and grace Christ gifted us from the cross.
This is a stewardship issue, not a preference issue.
If you don't help people connect to God, you are not stewarding the guests that God has brought you on the biggest weekend of your year. There is this thought process that we are not going to go "above and beyond," because we can't replicate that same level of excellence the next weekend.
The truth is, no one is asking us to do that.
As long as we are being intentional and working hard to improve what we do and meet people where they are, weekends that stretch us can grow us and help us to be always improving.
Easter weekend is not the place to take big chances. This is a weekend when you want to run the plays you know.
Don't try audacious new endeavors on the biggest weekend of the year.
Instead, use the summer as a chance to test, work, and experiment, while during Easter, do the things that your church is great at doing.
For instance, if you have an amazing kid’s ministry, make sure it is a focus for what you do each week. If generosity is a trademark of your church, highlight all the good those who attend your church helped to accomplish over the past year.
Contrast that with one year, where I tried a bunch of new things, and oh my gosh, y’all, I almost ended Easter forever, it went so poorly.
Use the Easter weekend to serve as a celebration, to do what you do well, and to make people feel valued, included, and excited.
As we are getting close to Easter weekend, we need to overcommunicate and hyperprepare.
Test, test, test, and test again.
Make sure that everyone is so prepared, that we know precisely what is happening, when, who, how and why.
Deeper levels of preparation allow us not to have to worry about the areas we can control, but rather, run the weekend well, and be available for the flexibilities that are inevitably going to come our way.
As we are coming out of the weekend, do we know what is going to happen next?
Have we collected email and text numbers, maybe via photo booths or welcome cards, and do we know our followup plan? Are we launching a series, and if we are, does it make sense, does it reach a felt need, and is it accessible for less churched people? That does not mean you have to water down the content, so make sure you have put it in a package that has handles and that people can grab ahold of and share with their friends. The more it connects with people, the better chance we have of them coming back or tuning in online.
Always thinking through what is next and making that next step easy to engage is one of the most important things that you can do as a leader.
At the end of the day, after the eggs and bunnies, the photos and the fun, it is vital that we remember the most important thing - Easter weekend is a celebration of the salvation of Christ.
More than our add-ons and specialties, this day is about Christ and life change.
If as a team we are drifting away from life change and celebrating all that God has done and is doing, we have lost our way. Always keep the main thing the main thing, while creating experiences that leave people superbly experiencing the wonder of God with excellence.