Most growing churches will have incredible stories to share today about their Easter services yesterday. At Grace Community Church, we are still overwhelmed with all God did with us.
In addition to the normal celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, I love the energy that Easter brings to a church. That energy, if channeled correctly, can fuel a church beyond one day per year.
The problem I see with many churches, however, is that they stop the work put into the Easter services a few days too early. Many churches close the church doors on Easter Sunday, begin the celebration of all God did and take a much deserved rest, but they leave some of the best work of Easter’s momentum undone. One of the most important parts of effective Easter services that last beyond one day is to spend time evaluating after Easter Sunday.
Today and/or this week is the best time to evaluate. Your church staff/volunteers should be asking questions such as:
- What worked?
- What didn’t work?
- What did we miss?
- Where did we hit home runs?
- How could it have been better?
- What follow-up with visitors do we need to do now?
- What changes would we make next year?
- What did we do that had the greatest impact?
- What did we do that had little or no impact?
- What groups of people did God bring to the church? (Many times, you’ll see patterns…lots of single moms, young couples, young professionals, etc.)
Don’t close the books on this year’s Easter services until you evaluate. This time next year, you will forget the answers to many of these questions. Ask the questions, record the answers, then use them to make your church better all year and save that information to improve even more next Easter.
How does your church evaluate Easter services?