3 Vital Pieces for Planning Easter Services Well

Easter is upon us. As you and your team are finalizing your Easter services, be sure that you don’t miss these 3 important pieces.

3 Vital Pieces for Planning Easter Services Well

3 Vital Pieces for Planning Easter Services Well

1. Connect the Gospel to Life

As someone who didn’t grow up in church, I am constantly reminding myself that when I think I’m communicating clearly about the gospel, I can always do better.

For many of the people who will be at one of your church’s gatherings on Easter weekend, the gospel is simply a buzz word. Jesus was a good person. A really good person. And church is what you do on Easter weekend.

When it comes to Easter services, you cannot overcommunicate the gospel message. Really, that’s the case for every Sunday.

The gospel is the answer to all of life’s deepest questions. Treat it that way.

If you’re not particularly excited about the Easter message this year, get away with God and just read through one of the gospels and let God soften your heart again.

People will be coming into your church’s Easter services will all kinds of things on their minds. You don’t have to be flashy. You don’t have to be relevant. Just connect the gospel to life. Show them how the gospel of Christ is what they have been searching for all their lives.

Action: (1) Get away with God and read through one of the gospels. (2) Get your team together and ask them how they see the gospel connecting with life. Write everything down and use that time as sermon prep.

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2. Audit Your First Impressions Process

If twice as many people attended your Easter services as did last Sunday, would you be prepared? Just think about it. Take your attendance from last week and multiply it by two. Got it?

Now, take that number and think through your entire first impressions process and see where the present process could break down.

Would your parking lot be complete chaos?

Would check-in in the children’s ministry create an unfortunate bottle neck?

Would guests know where they need to go?

Would you have enough coffee (let’s be honest, this is a big deal!)?

Would your worship center/sanctuary/whatever you call the large room the adults gather in be standing room only?

Would you have enough gift bags for your guests?

I pray that your church will experience the excitement of twice as many people attending your Easter services than attended last Sunday.

I also pray that you’ll be ready for them.

Action: (1) Get your first impressions leader(s) on those questions and work with them on solutions where problems may arise. (2) Email your entire team and ask them the same question I asked you: if twice as many people attended our Easter services than did last Sunday, what challenges would arise in your ministry area?

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3. Genuinely Value and Welcome Your Guests

Sometimes we have this desire to condemn Easter and Christmas only attenders. We wouldn’t call it that, of course, but the result is certainly so.

Instead, begin calling your congregation to make it a point to go out of their way to welcome people on Easter who they don’t recognize. Better yet, if they have the opportunity for a short conversation, encourage them to sit with the guests they are interacting with.

Don’t make them feel bad for being at church on Easter. Rather, make it your congregation’s mission to value and welcome your guests.

The wonderful thing about this? Not only will guests feel valued and welcomed on Easter, but they’ll feel valued and welcomed every weekend.

Action: Send an all church email and cast the vision for making Easter the most welcoming environment possible for your congregation’s guests. Don’t include anything else in the email. Make it all about that one thing. Show them the impact their intentionality could have on those who will be at church on Easter weekend.

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Pray Throughout

Give Him glory for who He is.

Give Him glory for all that He has done and is doing.

Ask God to be working on the hearts of the people in your community.

Ask Him to show you His heart for those who need to hear His good news.

Ask Him to ignite a passion in your church for valuing and welcoming those who are new.

Ask Him for wisdom in evaluating and auditing your processes.

Ask Him for peace in a time that can be stressful.

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Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Spiritual Development Pastor at a fast growing church in Batavia, Ohio, called The Crossing. Among the many things he does at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.