An Odd Easter

March 29, 2013 — Leave a comment


This Easter is a bit of a strange Easter season for me and here’s why…

  • I’m the pastor of a new church forming in the Fresno/Clovis area
  • We’re not having any Easter gatherings
  • I haven’t had an Easter “off” since, well, EVER

I have a confession to make. I kinda like it and here’s why…

  • I haven’t had an Easter “off” since, well, EVER
  • We’re not having any Easter gatherings
  • I’m the pastor of a new church forming in the Fresno/Clovis area THAT is a place unchurched people will love to attend. A guilt-free environment and what’s more guilt-free than telling people our first Easter, “Hey, we don’t have anything for you on Easter this year”?

Now, if you’re in ministry or a church-planter, you’re probably thinking one or both of these things

  • “I can’t believe you are missing out of the biggest opportunity possible, Easter MOMENTUM.”
    The thought here is that tons of people go to church on Easter who might not normally go and you have a chance to capture their imagination in this one event and possibly get them to come back next week.
  • “How can you possibly be a ‘church’ and not do anything on Easter to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection?!”
    I get that and it’s a pretty valid point, but in reality, we’re just not there yet.

What this unique pre-launch season of church-planting (start-up-from-nothing-church-creating) is it allows me to view things from an outside perspective. I’ve visited a bunch of churches in our area (Fresno/Clovis) and I come away realizing how we accidentally create an “us and them” culture in so many churches. It’s an invisible divide between the “Know and the Know-Nots” the “members and visitors” the “in and out.” It’s a terrible invisible wall and it’s part of the mission of Two Cities Church to tear it down.

Instead of creating a place where just Christians can come, be fed and worship. We want to create a place that unchurched (not been to church in 6 months) people would LOVE to attend. A place where the people, regardless of where they are in faith, who can experience environments that encourage them to take a step. That step might be to be in greater obedience to Jesus, to come back the next week or even to apply a biblical principle to their life. We want to encourage people to pursue 3 vital relationships: Intimacy with God, Community with other people seeking God and Influence with the community around us.

So this season allows us to KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS a little better. To know what it feels like to be on the outside of a church, to come in as a visitor, feel what they feel and look through their lens.

So it’s an odd Easter and I’m celebrating in a strange way… by remembering that our job is not done and there are MANY people in our community who will STILL not darken the doors of already existing churches. We are creating a place, a people, that will hold Easter services in the future, but with the memory of what it was like BEFORE we had a big Easter celebration. And I believe we’ll be better for it.