Easter’s Over. Now What?
4 Ways to Maximize Easter Momentum
Recovering from a Big Fat Easter Hangover?
For those of you in full-time church ministry, you likely experienced a big fat Easter hangover.
Easter weekend included additional services, increased attendance, special events, more production – every aspect of ministry was in overdrive for the biggest weekend of the church calendar.
Frankly, you and your team are tired. You’ve been working for weeks, even months to prepare. It was a great day, but you know this week was back to reality. No wonder you feel like you have the “Easter” hangover – “a letdown following great excitement” (dictionary.com).
But here’s the thing; You’re the leader. You have to lean into this moment. While all of the things that I’ve named are true and it feels like a letdown, it doesn’t have to be and how your team responds depends on you.
4 Ways you can Maximize Easter Momentum
Circle your team up and celebrate how good last weekend was. Share stories that you heard about the person who came to church for the first time, the family that attended church together, the person who gave their life to Christ, etc. I’m sure you heard stories and probably received some calls or emails. Share them. Celebrating reminds your team of the “why.” Don’t take this for granted.
Celebrate the attendance numbers, salvation numbers, baptism numbers, and whatever metrics that matter to you. And remember every number represents a person. It’s not numbered for the sake of numbers; it numbers for the sake of lives.
Celebrate by doing something fun as a team. Go out to lunch, get a cake, or go bowling. I don’t know what is fun for your organization, but you do. Have fun together!
If you didn’t take a day off to rest, rejuvenate and reconnect with your families, it’s not too late. Send everyone home. Pick s day that everyone can take the day off. If you can’t shut down for a day, rotate the days off. I don’t care how you do it but give back some time to your staff and their families. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone put in extra hours these last few weeks. You need the break, and so does your team.
3. Follow up
You and your team made dozens, possibly hundreds of new connections this weekend with first-time guests and casual attendees. Follow up with each person. Hopefully, you have a system for follow-up and if so, be more purposeful about that follow-up system than ever. If you don’t have a system for following up with guests, this is the time to make one. Remember, every email, voicemail, welcome card, and lobby conversation is an opportunity to help people take another step towards being a part of your community of faith and becoming a follower of Christ. Don’t look at your “to do” list as a bunch of tasks. See the living breathing human on the other end of that medium and seek to connect with them.
4. Stay the Course
Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Next Sunday will probably feel rather ordinary, and that’s okay. Stay the course and make every weekend count. You never know when that Easter guest will return and when they do, you want to be ready. Make sure every weekend is one where guests feel welcomed and included. Make your church a place where people feel like they can belong any Sunday they come.
Maximize the Momentum for Today and Tomorrow
Easter may be over, but Jesus has risen. God always redeems, restores and saves. And he does this work in the lives of people every day, not just Easter Sunday. And guess what? He partners with you to do this fantastic life-changing work in the lives of others.
Don’t let the Easter hangover cause you to miss the restoring work that could happen today, tomorrow, and next Sunday.
“He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NASB)
His work in all of us continues!
Keep leading well!
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Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.