Easter comes quickly this year: April 1, 2018. This is one of the five mountain-peak Sundays for a local church. Church leaders need to capture these days and make preparation for them. This year, the date helps us. Many are going to joke about Easter being on April Fool’s Day, but a local congregation can use that for good. Here are a few things I am doing at Olive Baptist Church as Easter approaches.
1. I have invited local pastors for a free lunch and prayerful time of preparation. We are doing that Monday, March 26, at our church. This will be a time to encourage each other. Sometimes Easter can overwhelm the pastor. My goal is to be a source of refreshment to these men before the big day.
2. Our tradition is to have a Lord’s Supper service on Good Friday evening. This helps prepare the church for Easter morning.
3. My goal is to make Easter a celebration of the most important day on the church calendar. Music, testimonies, baptisms, and Bible preaching are part of the day.
4. Make Easter a day to confess Jesus as Lord. However you give an invitation, give one this day. Then be ready to follow up.
He is risen!