Thinking Beyond Easter

Welcome to this week’s Recalibrate Monday!

Each week, I will bring a metaphor, story, or illustration to help grow your leadership and move your organization forward.

Here in the Seattle area, we have two of the world’s largest floating bridges. These marvels of modern engineering literally float on Lake Washington connecting Seattle to the pathway to the Cascade mountains.

What can bridges teach us about Easter and the future of our churches?

Click on the video above and find out!

“In every kingdom endeavor, there is a time and a place for raw faith. A time to risk comfort, security, and all you have known for the reward of seeing God do something unexplainable.”"Replant: How a Dying Church Can Grow Again"
“Walking in the Spirit means we are: (1) Empowered for Mission, (2) Anchored in Scripture, (3) Compelled by Love.”Dr. Troy H. Jones


Welcome to Metaphor Mondays. I’d like to take a few moments and talk to all my pastor friends about Easter Sunday coming in just a few days. First of all, I want you to know that I’m praying for you. I’m praying that this would be a absolutely incredible Easter for you and your church.

I want to talk about the tension that we all feel. Often when we come to Easter, it’s the big crowds. And then we all wake up on Monday morning going, what happened? I think Easter needs to be a time in your church where you’re look at it as a bridge and not a dead end– as a bridge and not a dead end.

This week, I want you to think about how can you make Easter a bridge to your future and not a dead end that ends on Monday morning? Many of our Easters look like this. It’s like a bridge to nowhere. And so here are three questions to help you process that.

Question number one, ask yourself, how can you make this Sunday– how can you increase the sticky factor of your church this Sunday? And that is a question that you ought to ask all the time, from the street to the sea. Your ushers, your greeters, your lobby, your children’s ministry, your restrooms, the service flow– how can you increase the sticky factor that people would walk into your church and stick way before you start preaching the message? That’s question number one.

Question number two is what is your intentional follow-up plan for all the new people coming to Easter? Now, one of the things I know working with pastors is most of us think that we have a better follow-up plan than we actually have. And I want to encourage you to think about it. This is a perfect week to look at that letter, to look at the email you send out, to look at the text.

We here at New Life, one of our best practices as we calibrate are first impressions and our assimilation plan often. And we just got done doing that. If you’d like to see a copy of it, it’s like seven, eight pages of how we follow-up on first and second time guests. You can email me at and I’ll send that to you.

And the third question is this. On Monday morning when you wake up, I want you to think about this question. What did you learn about the future of your church when you think about Easter? The future of your church, think about it. What are all the things you did to make Easter special, all the things you did to prepare your people? I really believe that Easter is a hint to where your church can go in the future. It’s a bridge and not a dead end.

Pastor, I’m praying for you. I’m praying that this Easter, the spirit of God would be upon you. And I pray that this Easter would be a bridge and not a dead end.