Service Planning: Jesus Was Born to Die! April Fool!

Author’s Confession: This is a dangerous article. A weird, out-of-the-box piece that might have you ask, “What’s he on?”

Service Planning: Jesus Was Born to Die! April Fool!
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Let’s be fair, however. The CEOs are not alone.

A good number of regular attendees and members sometimes miss the connection as well between Christmas and Easter—particularly children and teens, and especially if they are involved in any holiday performance.

Chances are they learn their parts for the play, do well, only to then return to those electronic devices that define childhood these days.

Until the next performance.

Knowing this scenario – that not everyone who attends, or serves, at Christmas or Easter connects the two – puts the local church in a powerful position to plan your Easter worship season to be more memorable than you can imagine.

Simply mess with their heads. That’s all.

Transform them, by the renewing of their minds. That ought to be particularly effective this year.

Why?

Look at your calendar.

Easter is when? April 1. No foolin’.

That overlaps allows the opportunity to have the best gospel-centered, April Fools evangelistic impact ever!

Seriously.

True Confessions

We’re not talking about making light of the Resurrection.

Not believing in Christ is deadly serious.

But there is potential making that point differently than our usual methods, such as sermons, pageants, songs. Chances are even that because of their routine visits, those most earnest listener may be tuning out a lot of the power of what you’re meticulously crafting.

At the same time, rethinking tradition may reduce stress among worship planners, energize the budget and ultimately expand the gospel influence.

Before telling you how, you too must do some soul-searching and confessing.

Whether planner, educator or pastor, we must admit that sometimes our traditions work against us, because of familiarity—that even we are less than enthused about coming up with ideas to make the Easter story “fresh.”

As we go through these suggestions, keep this idea in mind: They are offered to also help you, the servants of God, serve Him more passionately by growing in your own walk, while fulfilling the commission to tell others about Christ.

To start, whatever you’re planning this Easter season, you must ask and discuss these questions:


More About Michael Edgar Myers
Michael Edgar Myers has been serving in performance ministry for more than 25 years. He is the founding director of Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries which uses music, theater, and multi-media to inspire Christ-followers in their walk with Jesus Christ, and those who are curious about Christ to embrace a relationship with Him.
Get in Touch: mem@kit-ministries.com    More by Michael Edgar Myers

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By Michael Edgar Myers on March 6, 2018

Dear Bill: Thanks for taking time to read and comment.  I appreciate your perspective, and pray that through this essay, and other focused outreaches by leaders of worship employing God’s creativity that the good news of the gospel will be clearly conveyed and life-changing during this season…and others.

By Bill Koonce on February 26, 2018

One struggle in my personal ministry has been dealing with the fact that few if any people whom I contact day-to-day have not heard the Good News. It’s not that they need to be told for the first time, rather that what they were told did not speak directly to them. Without proper explanation, the message that a person was “born to die” is an affront to our innate sense of self-preservation. In fact, many of those who will be at Easter services as “saved” Christians have notions that “a good guy with a gun” (or sword) could have changed the Easter story, as if that was a desirable outcome.  Perhaps we all need to review the Easter message.

For myself, the Good News is that God’s plan was for His son to die on that hill, and to go to hell, to save us all from the same fate. That is His greatest gift to us! A “happily ever after” that we all long for, but are not worthy of, even by doing “good things”. It’s a message worth getting right, no matter what the cost.

I agree that packaging the message in a way that surprises is a great way to recapture attention. Perhaps something even more disruptive should be done to make sure that the Good News is received as intended. Most worship services are set up as a mass communication platform: one-to-many, or few-to-many. What if on Easter Sunday, your regular congregation was there to minister to the CEOs one-on-one? Just a thought…


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