I did the hard work of looking past the discouragements. I determined I was going to rejoice in the unparalleled joy of the resurrection, whether-or-not we had greeters, musicians or teachers. No, it wasn’t easy. And there were major steps backwards in some years. But if the resurrection means anything, it means rejoicing when all seems lost – because we know it isn’t.
If your church is dealing with the Easter Sunday blues, don’t ignore the challenges, but don’t let them define you.
Celebrate the resurrection. Give it your all. Worship. Serve. Love. Give.
Reinforce the reality that Easter is not about performance, but about celebration and worship. Even if you have to start by convincing yourself, first.
Plus, I wonder if some small churches can find a better way to celebrate Easter that plays to our strengths, rather than mourning our weaknesses.
Instead of thinking we need to do extras for Easter, maybe offer an “Unplugged Easter” for those who are uncomfortable with all the noise and drama. Not that noise and drama are wrong – they’re just not for everyone.
It’s About the Church, Not My Church
You’re not alone this Easter.
Churches around the world face the same challenges and frustrations. Many others, like me, remember what it was like.
We get it. And while that won’t add bodies to your empty seats on Sunday, sometimes knowing that someone else gets it is enough for now.
In the meantime, let’s do something this weekend that we do too little of. Let’s pray for other churches.
If your church is prepping for big crowds, remember the church near you that won’t see a spike this weekend. If your church is looking at a sparse weekend ahead, pray for the churches that will be dealing with huge crowds. I know. That’s hard. But what really matters is that people’s hearts and souls will be saved for eternity this Easter Sunday, no matter what church they go to.
Easter doesn’t exist to pack church buildings. We don’t do it because we need another holiday. We don’t even celebrate it simply to remember the world’s greatest historical event (although it is that).
We celebrate Easter to thank Jesus for the salvation his resurrection brings, and to help usher more souls into eternity.
It doesn’t matter if that happens in my church, your church or a megachurch. It just matters that it happens.
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