Easter is coming.
I've heard some leaders call it the Super Bowl of church, to which I usually roll my eyes. You aren't really playing a game, there's no ring, commercials suck and you don't get to go to Disney world afterwards.
If you are part of a team that puts together an entire production, five days of multiple services, mobilizes volunteers, coordinates the sunrise services, you are the real MVP. For me, it took the entire week beforehand psyching myself up (my own locker room-esque pep talk) to be able to do multiple services and then Easter dinner with my family.
Here are some things I've learned along the way that get me ready for the big day:
1. Don't take it personal. Your feelings will get hurt at one point or another. Tensions will be high. Don't let one moment ruin the entire week/weekend. It's up to you.
2. Excellence is not perfection. Excellence is doing the best you can with the tools you've been given.
3. Everyone is tired. You don't have the market cornered on this one. So keep the pettiness and cynicism to a minimum.
4. Remember this is not about you, it's not about any of us.
5. People are coming to your church some for the first time. If you invited someone to your home, you wouldn't be mad at them for asking you where the bathroom is.
6. Be sincere. Nobody wants you to be fake, but please be kind.
7. Support your team members. If you have a problem with the way someone is working or not working this is not the time to make a big scene and hash it out. The time for coaching is before or after the game. In the moment, we are all hands on deck and doing whatever it takes to make it all work. It's all for the greater cause.
8. Something will go wrong, it's inevitable. Your response in the moment when chaos erupts is what will make it a mountain or a molehill. You change and effect the atmosphere.
9. These are not the days to make big decisions about the future or career. If this weekend is horrible for you, this is not the day to quit or say anything that will give your boss a reason to free your future. Give it three weeks and if you still feel that way then proceed.
10. Remember why you started, and said yes to this position. If you can keep that perspective in mind you will see how it changes things. People experiencing life change, finding community and Jesus is really a great thing to witness.
What are some of your tips for big weekends like this one? Add your voice to this conversation. Let us know in the comments section below.