I took part in an online webinar with the outreachninja.com guys led by Bob Franqiz and it was excellent with ideas for leveraging Easter to reach more people. My wheels have been turning and here are some ways to prepare to make Easter huge in getting the gospel of Jesus to more people
There is nothing more effective than praying that the Lord of the Harvest will work on your behalf to reach more people with the gospel in and through your church. As Pastor/Leader, start with yourself and then enlist your leadership and church to pray for people to engage, invest and invite their friends to join you for worship at Easter.
Easter is different than most holidays in that it doesn’t happen on the same day every year. Sometimes it’s not even in the same month! Most people in your church are thinking more about Spring Break than Easter right now. You must communicate early and often WHEN Easter is on the calendar. By the way, Easter is on April 8 this year.
3. Creatively promote
Utilize fun, creative ways to promote Easter as an opportunity for people to invite their friends and family to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Troy Gramling of Potential Church in Florida utilizes the INVITE Bunny in “on the street” interviews to “stoke” the creative “fires” and to get people to invite their friends.
4. Put something in their hands
Give the people in your church an “invite” card that they can give to their friends, family or people they come in contact with in the community.
5. Equip people on how to invite their friends
Shawn Lovejoy of Mountain Lake Church teaches the people in his church how to invite their friends and neighbors AND he makes the evangelistic temperature in his church “white hot” leading up to Easter.
6. Schedule Community Service through Your Community Groups
7. Utilize Lent Calendar for Prayer and Fasting
Mark Batterson of National Community Church utilizes Lent as a season of fasting and prayer to prepare his church for Easter. They organize prayer walks and prayer lists to prepare people to reach out to their friends and family prior to Easter.