Not only is Easter the key celebration that Jesus has overcome Satan, sin and death, but it’s also one of the best times for the church to welcome guests to hear the gospel. With that in mind, here are ten ways to prepare.
10. Invite, Invite, Invite
Research shows what many of us have experienced — that unchurched people are more open to receiving an invitation to church during the Easter season, especially if it comes from a friend. So prayerfully invite someone to join you. If you’re a family, bring another family. If you’re married, bring another married couple. If you’re single, bring a single friend.
9. Get your Facebook & Twitter Accounts Ready
Social media provides an excellent platform to invite friends and family to Easter. Use this link to invite friends to one of our Easter services. Be sure to like our Facebook page to stay up to date on all things that are happening at Revolution.
With extra guests and all the regulars, Easter Sunday usually requires some extra help. From the parking lot to the nursery, there are opportunities to show hospitality and love. Contact Mike Miller or Yvonne Barreras to see where the biggest needs are.
7. Carpool & Park Further Away
Serve the first-time guests who will attend on Easter by carpooling with family and friends and taking a less convenient parking spot. Remember that many guests are coming somewhere they are not familiar with and may feel intimidated by — on the busiest day of the year. Little acts of love can make a big difference.
6. Do the Ministry of the Pew
Church gatherings are where Christians go to work — paying attention to new people, encouraging one another and looking for opportunities to serve. Easter Sunday is like the Christian’s Super Bowl. Don’t sit on the sidelines waiting to be served. Get in the game!
5. Pick Your Service
We are having services at 4 and 5:30pm on April 7th. Pick which one you’ll attend and, if possible, choose one that you anticipate will be less busy to open seats for guests at optimal times.
4. Pray for the Preacher, the Guests and Yourself
Only God can change the human heart. Pray that he would. Pray for the preacher to be filled with passion, clarity, and Spirit-led power. Pray for guests to be open and moved to faith in Jesus. Pray for yourself to be moved to greater trust in Christ and greater love for people.
3. Celebrate Jesus Passionately
When Christians gather to celebrate the resurrection, we have a unique opportunity to bear witness to the greatness and glory of Jesus. We should do it joyfully, sincerely, and passionately. What would happen to the guests and non-Christians in our midst if they saw the church electrified with the grace and glory of Christ?
2. Come Early
Much of the hospitality we’re called to on Easter requires we get there early. Not only will it decrease the stress on you and your family, but it will also give you time and space to welcome guests, encourage friends, and engage in the experience.
1. Come Ready
The preacher and musicians should not be the only ones preparing for Easter weekend. Come with a heart that is ready to celebrate, learn and do ministry. As we do this together, we trust God to work in powerful ways.
I’m personally excited to be celebrating the stories of life change through baptism during our Easter services. If you are interested in getting baptized, please contact Mike Miller.