By Josh Burns
Let’s face it. If you’re a church communicator the next 10 days are going to be consumed by Easter prep for your church. After being in church communications for 6 years, and being married for 2 of those years, I’ve learned to just warn my wife that these 2 weeks leading up to Easter are just crazy. If you’re like me, you’re cranking out last minute materials, and even if you’ve got a good plan in place, you’re probably just now executing on all of that planning.
’ve also learned that ironically spending so much time preparing for Easter can cause me to easily forget the entire reason we’re working so hard in the church for this day. I can spend hours designing an Easter invitation and so many other materials that the actual meaning of what we’re celebrating is so easily lost. And as a church communicator if I’m not taking care of myself spiritually, then I can’t expect to create something that is going to help lead others to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter [Tweet That!]. So I want to share a couple things I’ve learned to avoid Easter burnout as a church communicator.
1. Don’t sacrifice personal time in the Word
This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to neglect personal time in Scripture when you’re working extended hours to complete everything for Easter. And you may not realize that you’re neglecting it until Easter is over. What you also may not realize is how much this is actually hurting your work as a church communicator. There have been countless times when I’ve been reading my Bible in the morning and I’ve been inspired with an idea for something in my work. I view this as the ultimate form of inspiration, and you’d be surprised how well you’ll be able to communicate the gospel to the rest of your church as a result of the time you’ve spent in the Word that week.
2. Challenge and be challenged
One of my best friends works on our tech team at Park, and we’ve been asking each other this question recently,“How are you personally reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus leading up to Easter? And how is that changing your life?” Your best friend may not work on your team, but if you work on a team of people, don’t be afraid to challenge them with these questions. And give them permission to challenge you with it as well. The more frequent reminders I have to personally prepare myself for Easter, the more I’m going to slow down and let the gospel change the way I live my life.
3. Reflect on what you’ve created
Oftentimes it’s easy to hit the ground running when it comes to creating materials for Easter, and we don’t take time to just sit and reflect on what God has moved us to create to communicate the Gospel. Don’t be critical of it. Don’t analyze it. Just reflect on the process and how you got there. Reflect on what inspired you to create that piece.
Have you ever dealt with this type of burnout?
How have you dealt with it?