Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and while it may appear to be too late to start any new efforts for your Easter service, there are still some things you can do. Here are a few of them.
1- Utilize social media ads.
Social media is a great tool for today’s churches. Most social media outlets allow you to create ads and then target a very specific demographic. The cost is usually low and the exposure is great. Just be sure it is a professional looking ad. An ad that looks like it was thrown together will do more to hurt your efforts than help.
2- Encourage church members to follow-up with those they have already invited.
Hopefully those in your church have been inviting people to your Easter services. While attending your Easter service may be a priority for you and other members of your church, it probably isn’t for those who have been invited.
As Easter Sunday moves closer, there is a tendency for those who have been invited to start having second thoughts, make other plans, and back out of their commitment to attend. Following up with those who have been invited is necessary.
3- Develop a plan for visitor follow-up.
It is great to have visitors, but a great opportunity has been lost if follow-up doesn’t happen. Develop a plan to follow-up with visitors that utilizes members in the process. Perhaps various small groups or Sunday School classes can reach out to those who have visited. Maybe you need to develop a ministry team for this purpose.
The point is that visitor follow-up does not need to be rooted in the staff alone; get others involved.
This is by far the most important thing you can do. Planning and preparation is not a substitute for God working. No matter how great the sermon, pastors cannot change hearts. No matter how moving the music, it cannot make spiritually dead men alive. Only God can do these things.
Pray for God to prepare hearts leading up to Easter.
Pray for God to work in and through the service.
Pray for God to prepare you, the pastor.
Pray for lives to be changed.
Pray that God will do what only God can do.
Easter is a great opportunity to reach people. And while Easter Sunday is only a few days away, there are still things you can do to make a difference in people’s lives. Take advantage of these last few days, and as a result, you will see the fruit from it.