Easter is not just a typical Sunday. Churches tell a different story than the one that is told by the world. This might seem obvious, but churches need to communicate differently on Easter. For many families, Easter and Christmas are the two Sundays of the year when they find themselves inside your church building. So whether it is because of tradition, conviction, or something more, you will have a different audience in your Easter service. So how are you going to reach this new audience? Here are a few proven suggestions: 1. USE A COUPLE OF VIDEOS Your church may take a traditional route of worship with some songs, a Bible passage reading, and the sermon from your pastor’s hand-written notes. Maybe this week is the time to try out a video to introduce your sermon or use a new medium to preach the Word. 5 Must-See Easter Videos – Christian Media Magazine 2. STREAM YOUR SERMON Many churchgoers tend to travel this holiday season and may miss the service, but setting up a stream of your Sunday sermon could be a great first step in reaching more people in your community. How to Live Stream Your Church Services – ChurchStreaming.tv 3. KEEP COMMUNICATING EVEN AFTER CHURCH If you do a great job of communicating the heart of the Gospel and the vision of your church, why should you stop on Sunday? If you have a blog, point them to it, and if you do not, start one today. Here are some blog post ideas to keep up the communication. 7 Reasons Every Church Pastor Should Have a Blog – Thom Rainer Here are some tips for making your Easter sermon run smoother: 1. PLAN AHEAD There is so much planning you should be doing. Ensure that you have enough extra batteries, cables for sound, backup bulbs, and even a backup volunteer in case someone gets sick. A great plan does not mean mistakes or problems will not arise, but it does mean that they will be minimized. 2. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE It is good to have a plan, but you need to go through the actual steps. Some of this is to simply working out the bugs that you may not have foreseen and some of it is to get the church tech team on the same page as the worship team and the preaching pastor. This practicing will instill confidence in your team and make the process become natural for everyone involved. 3. BE FLEXIBLE IF IT FAILS “Technology is a tool for worship and when it stops helping, you should worship without it.” Technology will fail you, whether a computer crashes twenty minutes before the service and you lose the whole presentation, a bulb burns out on a projector and you cannot get a new one until the next week, or you run out of 9-volt batteries for your microphones. Do you know how you would bounce back from that? Great! But does your team know too? PRAY As the Easter season arrives, pray for the congregation when they come into the doors to hear the Word of God. Some of them may be hearing about the grace from the Cross for the very first time. Others may be deeply burdened by the sins on their shoulders that we may be able to bear. Pray for the pastors as they deliver the Word to the lost and the body of Christ. Make room for the Holy Spirit as they prepare and preach. Finally, pray for your tech crew as they continue to do their best to serve the church and hopefully know that they are spreading the Gospel through their part of the ministry. Shelby Systems has decades of experience working with ministries of all sizes, for more creative ideas and suggestions contact your Shelby Sales Consultant today!