Each year I try to remind you that we must be at our best for Easter @ Avalon. Easter is approaching quickly, and we are getting ready for a great move of God at Avalon Church. Since Easter is the time of year when more people visit church and more people get saved than any other weekend, we must be on our “A Game” at Avalon Church. With that in mind here are 5 Commandments for Easter.
1. Thou Shalt Not Ignore a Guest (or anyone else).
We must all take responsibility. Reaching and connecting people requires that all hands be on deck. This is not just for our Guest Services ministry; it is for all of us. We are better together! Having a good attitude will help our guests take their next step. So, let’s be friendly, helpful, and welcoming. We are preparing and working for a great move of God, so let’s show everyone that we are prepared.
2. Thou Shalt Not Say, “I Don’t Care.”
It is OK not to know the answer to a question, but it is never OK to say, “I don’t know.” Instead of pointing or shrugging, make sure to walk a guest to Next Step Central, the restrooms, the children’s area, or wherever they need to go. It is critical for people to feel loved and cared for when they arrive. Your actions say I care about you. If you don’t know the answer to their question, then take them to Next Step Central. Offer to help carry their things. This lets people know that we truly care about them.
3. Thou Shalt Not Sit on the Sidelines.
Easter is the most important time of the year for Avalon Church. More people will come to Christ on Easter weekend than any other time of year. We need you to be involved. Invite people. Hand out invite cards. Invite friends, family, and neighbors. Commit to join us at the Good Friday service at 7:00 PM for prayer and communion. Attend Saturday at 6:00 PM and bring a guest. Attend and serve on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:15. Serve somewhere. Let your leader know that you are available. If you don’t normally serve, this is a great time to start!
4. Thou Shalt Own It.
Owners take responsibility. Since you are Avalon Church,you must take responsibility and be involved. This is not just for the staff or the leaders. It is for everyone. This is a huge team effort and we will see a great move of God if we all get involved. Your language is important too. Don’t say “they” or “them” but say “we” and “our.” This is your church. Pray for it. Love it. Own it. I am asking every person who attends Avalon Church to say, “I care.”
5. Thou Shalt Expect God to Do Something Big.
Jesus said, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”(Matthew 21:22) Join me in praying and believing God for great things at Easter. Let’s pray for 100 people to be saved on Easter Weekend! That only happens if we all get involved and we all pray in faith.
I am praying for a God-sized Easter. Let’s all pull together and watch God do something big!