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8 Things To Remember As You Prepare For Easter

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Easter Sunday is less than a week away and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. We all understand that making a good impression on visitors is crucial and that it’s important to communicate the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars. But I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that this week can be really rough on the people working behind the scenes. Because there’s so much emphasis placed on this one Sunday, there’s a lot of pressure to strive for perfection and do extraordinary things, all while still finding time to do all of your normal, weekly duties. It can be downright exhausting.

Here are eight things to keep in mind during this hectic season:

1. Your hard work is worth it.

The hours that you’re pouring into making this service special are so important. Easter Sunday matters because people matter. Each individual who walks through those doors on Sunday was created by God with a purpose. Your hard work and dedication are leading the way for them to connect with the risen Savior.

2. Going the extra mile can make all the difference.

No matter your role in Sunday’s service, give it all you’ve got. When we give our best, we can have confidence that we’ve done our part and that the rest is up to God. Remember that even the smallest detail of a service could be the one thing that stands out to someone; the thing that keeps them coming back to hear more about Jesus.

3. Easter Sunday is important, but so is your family.

This is where it gets tricky. Yes, it’s important to work hard and give our best to make Sunday great. But, we have a responsibility to our family that should always come before the church. In the midst of the craziness, make sure that you’re connecting with them. Be intentional to show love to your spouse. Spend some quality time with your kids. Be careful that this doesn’t become the most dreaded week of the year for them.

4. Two is better than one.

The more people that you can get involved in your Easter service, the better. Not only will it take some of the pressure off of you, but it also helps to get more people to attend your big service. Experts say that you can expect four additional people in attendance for every person involved in an event. For example, if you have 25 people involved, you can expect them to attract 100 friends and family members. Even if it’s a small task, get people plugged in.

5. Everything cannot be perfect.

This is always a tough one for me. I’m all about striving for excellence in everything that we do, but you just can’t do it all. Rather than stretching yourself thin with a long list of projects, focus on a few things and give them all you’ve got. Place your emphasis on the projects that will make the biggest impact on your crowd and are the most noticeable.

6. No matter how hard you try, something is still going to go wrong.

Expect problems to occur – that’s simply the nature of Sunday morning. No matter how many times you rehearse, proofread, or practice, mistakes are going to happen. This is especially true when you’re working with technology. ProPresenter may crash in the middle of service. A microphone may malfunction mid-song. Stuff happens and it’s out of your control. Expect it and prepare for a quick comeback.

7. The power of God is not limited by your budget.

No matter the size of your church, you have to work within a budget. Some budgets are smaller than others, but we all wish we could spend more than they allow. This is a good thing – our dreams should always exceed our budgets. Keep in mind that the power of God far exceeds anything that you could purchase to make your service great. Use what He’s given you to its fullest potential and let Him cover the rest.

8. Jesus wants to connect with you.

In the midst of all of this work for God, we often forget to connect with God. You’re at your best when you’re in communion with Him and you need Him in this season. Be intentional about seeking Jesus in this week leading up to Easter. Remember that this is all about Him. This Resurrection Sunday, let us lead the way in having an authentic relationship with the risen Savior.

 

Free Motion of the Month – April 2014

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This month, we’ve partnered with the good folks over at Shift Worship to bring you an awesome motion for your Easter service. It comes from their new Lightburst collection that’s a recent favorite of mine. Be sure to check out their All Access Pass for more motions like these at a great price!

This freebie is only available for the month of April 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and Still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.

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Twelve Awesome Easter Freebies

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Easter Sunday is almost here and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. Making a good impression on visitors is crucial and communicating the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars makes a huge difference. To keep you lookin’ good for your big service, we searched all over the web for the latest and greatest free resources for the holiday. Check them out below and spread the word!

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Have you found any other cool Easter freebies? Share them with us in the comments below!

Six Solid Freebies You Need To Download Today

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Below are six freebies that we found around the web this week and thought they could be really useful in your church. Keep in mind that we regularly share freebies like these as we find them on both our Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us! Enjoy!

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Construction Project  //  Stock Video Clip from Lightstock
A Prayer For The Church  //  Mini-Movie from Worship House Media
Be Blessed  //  Mini-Movie from Sermon Spice
Missing The Boat  //  Mini-Movie from Videos For Youth
Retrometric Bright  //  Motion Background from Church Motion Graphics
Volunteer Sign Up  //  Stock Photo from Lightstock

Have you found any other cool freebies recently? Share them with us in the comments below!

Inspiration: “The Status” from The Youth OC


Youth OC News / The Status / 2014-03-06 from The Youth OC on YouTube.

This is an excellent example of the power of creativity overcoming the limitations of a low budget. This YouTube-inspired announcement video was created by Abigail Ogas for their youth service at The Church OC. Using only an iPhone and two apps (iMovie and FiLMiC Pro), she singlehandedly produced it from concept to completion.

A friend of mine who shared this on Facebook said something really powerful about it. “Success is not about your resources, it’s about how resourceful you are.” These are great words to keep in mind as you work in ministry!

Keep up the great work, guys!