I don't know about you, but I went home from church on Easter Sunday and immediately dropped down on the couch, exhausted. And, if I'm being honest, a little 'let down'. After weeks and weeks of preparation, practice, and planning, it was all over. As I lay there, wishing it was baseball season already, I spent some time considering my feelings. A quick internet search proved that I was not alone--that the Post-Easter Blues are a real, and dangerous, thing.
I started reading articles, blogs, and even some Twitter rants, trying to find the perfect cure for my feelings. There were many offering suggestions for the individual--taking a vacation, reading a book, even someone daring to suggest beginning Christmas preparations! But the thoughts that seemed to mean the most to me, the ones that made me want to get off the couch and look to the days ahead, were the ones that offered whole-church suggestions.
What follows is an article from 2013 that really 'hit home' for me in relation to our journey at UHBC. I hope that, though Easter is just a speck in the rear-view mirror, these thoughts do as much to 'get you off the couch' as they did me.
There is no bigger day in history than Easter Sunday. And there is no bigger day in church life than Easter Sunday.
We begin praying and planning months in advance. We go the extra mile in preparing for guests. For us that meant an additional service, more volunteers, and free doughnuts for everyone! For some churches it was Easter eggs dropped from helicopters, dress rehearsals, and dozens of services throughout the weekend.
For big churches and small churches, Easter is huge. But a week later our attendance is lower and two weeks out it may be lower still. And then summer is coming. So what do we do about the post-Easter blues?
A pastor told me one time that Easter doesn’t count. But that’s not true. God did a good work on Easter. People came and heard the Gospel. Many responded and others will sooner than we think. So let’s praise Jesus!
Just as we spent months planning for Easter, we should be prepared to spend the next few months connecting with people in a personal way. Reaching out soon is expected. Reaching out over time makes the difference.
We love crowds, but big life change happens in circles. So we keep creating healthy groups and improving the pathway to connect people to each other in an environment of genuine disciple-making.
Meeting new friends reminds us God is working to build His church. But God is also working in the lives of not-so-new friends. So as we work to reach the future church, we do well to nurture, teach, serve, and enjoy the dear people God has already given us.
Chris Brammer, Minister of Music