Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Rewind

Wow. What an amazing day of celebration! Sunday felt like one big party. Isn't that what Easter should feel like?! I'm sure if (for example) one of my children was tragically killed but then was brought back to life 3 days later, there would be some major partying going on...along with moments of awe and deep gratitude. Partying, awe, and deep gratitude...That sounds like a pretty good Easter to me!

The South Bay team put together an amazing experience where people were able to celebrate and experience (many for the first time) the Risen Savior. This year, I was really struck by two things: the leadership of our staff and the servanthearted nature of our volunteers.

While we may still have the feel of a church plant (since we meet in a school), we definitely no longer have the feel of a small church. Pulling off 2 Easter egg hunts on Saturday and 4 services on Sunday was no small undertaking for our staff and volunteers. I was blown away by the leadership, precision, excellence, and organization of our team.
  • Over 200 volunteers served at 2 Easter Egg Hunt sites with 3-5 thousand people attending each of those sites with over 22,000 eggs total in the sites. 
  • 1099 people attended our 4 Easter Services on Sunday with dozens committing to follow Jesus for the 1st time.  We had over 200 kids come and over 90 first time guests who filled out a Connection Card (including kids).  More than 150 people served to make the 4 services happen with extreme excellence and creativity!
God is so good! This was a huge win for South Bay Church and more importantly, for the Kingdom of God. Andy & I spent time on Saturday praying for various pastor friends of ours around the Bay Area and all over this country who would be lifting high the name of Jesus on Easter. It is not about one church or one pastor. It is all about Jesus, His Kingdom, and His glory!!!

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