It’s the day after Easter. How are you?
- Encouraged or discouraged?
- Feeling exhausted or fired-up?
- Got a good game plan, or feeling a bit overwhelmed?
The emotions and general response of a church leader are arguably the most significant weekend in the Christian calendar, and will run a wide gamut today for the next several days – maybe weeks.
Your leadership stamina and resilience are more important right now than you may know. The enemy would love for you to let up, lose your joy, and maybe even temporarily “give up”.
Guard yourself and your church against these three substantial dangers.
1) Comparison and Disappointment
Comparing your church to others is natural, but not helpful. When you focus on the attendance of other churches, two unhealthy outcomes are common.
First, feeling disappointed or discouraged because they were much larger. Second, feeling good that you were much larger. Both options are a waste of time and emotional energy.
The better choice is to thank God for His work in other churches and focus on gratitude for every good thing that happened on Easter at your church. Regardless of the number of guests and converts, express gratitude to God for His presence and power. Click To Tweet
2) Business as Usual
The second common danger the day after Easter is that you go right back to business as usual. This one is my great temptation. I’m on to the next thing before I’ve really fully experienced what just happened! It’s like Thanksgiving dinner. Three hours to prepare, then thirty minutes to eat and that’s it! It’s over. When’s the game on?!!
Here are a few better options. Spend time today (even a few minutes) reflecting on your own salvation story, and how your life has changed. Find a quiet place to thank God for all He did this past weekend – for the things you could see, and the things you could not see. (Ephesians 6:10-12) Pour a cup of coffee, and write several notes thanking your key leaders and volunteers for what they did to help advance the Kingdom over Easter.
3) Party but no action
The final danger in my list is celebrating the success of Easter but with essentially little or no follow-through. Having a post Easter “party” with few key leaders is great. Maybe enjoy a fun lunch together and tell a few favorite stories from yesterday. But you might be surprised by how many churches have no real written plan for guest follow-up. You may also be surprised by how many of those churches have no working plan for how they will follow up, connect with and train new Christians.
How about you? Are you ready? What’s your plan? Who will follow-up with all your Easter guests? How will they do it? Who will connect with and teach your new Christians the basics of their faith and Christianity?
If you are a solo pastor in a small church, ask 2-3 people to help you. I’ll bet they’ll say yes!
My hope is that you are encouraged and inspired to keep digging in and never take your eyes off the mission.
If you are discouraged, please remember how much God loves you, that He is with you and cherishes His Church! What you are doing matters!