I’m excited for Easter. But, I’m also excited about something else this month. Do you know what it is? Do you? DO YOU?
March will be the first full month of articles coming to you from our contributing authors. What that means is, you will be hearing from actual worship leaders, serving in the trenches. And they will be sharing with you ideas about how they prepare. I hope you’re excited, because I AM PUMPED! And if you know me, you know that’s a big deal!
For now, here are 5 steps for being ready for easter:
1.) If you haven’t started, start now!
“The best time to plant a tree is 40 years ago. The second best time is today.” It would be best to have started prior to today, but if you haven’t today is the best day to start! Don’t beat yourself up for not having started sooner. Just work harder in the time you do have. As of today, Easter is 36 days away. If you work on on aspect/detail per day for the next 30 days, you’ll be in great shape.
2.) Assemble a Team.
John Maxwell says “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” We want our Easter services to be the greatest service of the year. If we’re going to do that, we need a team. If you don’t have a team, find a few people who have good, creative ideas and ask if they will help brainstorm. If you don’t that, reach out to some other worship pastors for some help bouncing ideas. Even if you have a team, you might need to add a few extra people to take Easter up a notch. If you don’t normally have a producer/tech director, it would be a good time to try that out. Especially if you’re going to have a lot of elements in the service.
3.) Make a Timeline
Once you have a team in place, and you’ve got an idea going, make a timeline of all the things that need to happen. Try to make it in consecutive order and put a deadline and person responsible for each item. You’ve got about 4 weeks from now, so break it up by weeks, then by day. If you break it down and accomplish everything when it is scheduled, you’ll be ready for Easter. Be sure to include extra rehearsals into your timeline.
4.) Communicate the Plan.
As soon as you know a part of the plan, communicate it to those who will be responsible for executing it. Give your people as much time as possible to succeed with what they will be doing on Easter. The week of is too late. Give them at least two weeks to really work on a song. If it’s more complicated (artwork or video, etc.) give them 3-4 weeks. If you have extra rehearsals scheduled, make sure everyone knows when they are. And do so far enough in advance that they can reschedule other events if necessary.
5.) Execute the Plan.
Be prepared for your rehearsals. Give everyone the music before the rehearsal. If it’s a new song, send them a recording or link to a YouTube video. Use your rehearsal time wisely. Have fun, but work hard. Respect the time of those who have worked all day and sacrificed an evening with friends/family to help you and the church. Rehearse your tech cues. Preview the videos. Hang the art. And get it all done before Saturday night. Give yourself extra rehearsal time and try to do a dress rehearsal or run-through with all elements of the service.
6.) Read All The Articles From Contributors to WMC.
I know I said 5, but this last one will really help you out. If you make it a habit to check in with us, we’ll do everything we can to help you be ready for Easter. And to do so without destroying your soul and family in the process.