Pastor, my guess is that you're walking around with a Holy Halo today. The day after Easter is one of my favorite days in ministry because it follows the best day of the year. Attendance is usually way up, people are smiling, and all your planning paid off as lots of people made decisions for Christ. But what now? What do you do as the Halo effect begins to wear off? I'd like to share four things all of us need to do after Easter.
As a pastor, I have so many great memories from Easter services I've been blessed to serve at. I've seen God move in incredible ways as the Gospel was presented and people made decisions for Christ. And when we see a move of God we need to take time to celebrate. All too often, we're tempted to move on to the next series or event on the calendar because there is a Sunday to get ready for every week. But I encourage you to pause for the next few days and celebrate everything Jesus did at your church this past weekend.
As you rejoice in everything Jesus did Easter weekend, it's important also to reflect on what this past weekend means to you personally. The story of Easter is so powerful--that the Lord of creation gave His life for us and rose again for our freedom from sin--that we need to reflect on what He has done for us. Take some time this week to reflect on everything Jesus did for you and how much He really loves you.
In all my time in ministry, I don't remember being more prepared for any other weekend than Easter. Work is done months in advance to make it an extra special weekend as the Gospel is presented. Churches like to pull out all the stops to create an environment where people can meet Jesus. But, because we put so much effort into our Easter services, we need to find time to rest. Jesus did. He knew when to do ministry and He knew when to rest. If we're going to last in ministry, then we need to rest, too. In Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV), Jesus said,
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pastor, what plans do you have to rest this week? If you haven't made plans, I encourage you to take off some time from work in the next few weeks and rest. You are just too important to the work Jesus is doing at your church to move on to the next part of the calendar without rest. You need it.
After you've rejoiced, reflected, and rested, then it will be time to get back to work. That could mean a number of things depending on your specific ministry role. It might mean sending thank you cards to volunteers who spent longer than normal time getting ready for Easter. It could mean making phone calls or sending emails to people who made decisions for Christ. It could even mean making changes to certain areas of your ministry. But, whatever it is, you will have extra work to do in the next several weeks. So, make the most of your time as you respond.
This week, pastor, I hope you have an extra special week as you take care of yourself and your ministry after Easter.