Browse
Easter Debriefing

Easter Debriefing

Posted March 28, 2016 by Jerod Clark

Whew. Easter weekend is over. After all the months of planning, and a whirlwind weekend of executing, you now have a chance to take a breath. Spending time recovering, physically and mentally, is a vital task in the weeks to come. Yet it’s also important to spend some time as a team debriefing. Here are a few thoughts on how to structure the time you spend reviewing how Easter went.

Do it while memories are still fresh. The longer you wait to debrief, the less clearly you’ll remember the experience. It will also be easier to just gloss over mistakes, or successes, the further away you are from Easter. While it can be beneficial to take some time to breathe and put experiences into perspective, don’t wait too long to meet.

Create an atmosphere of honesty. Meaningful debriefing will never happen if people can’t openly share their opinions. Leaders or strong personalities can’t dominate the conversation or shoot people down. That behavior is toxic and will never let your church reach the full potential it has to connect people with God. Commit to having a respectful environment where true, open conversation can happen.

Identify key lessons learned and opportunities for growth.  Failures are an opportunity for growth and successes are a foundation for future initiatives. During your conversation, be sure to dig to the roots of what’s being said. What are the true underlying issues? Identify them and create action points to either avoid them, or embrace them, in the future.

Write it down. A year is a long time. Keep notes of your debriefing so you can actually use action points when planning Easter next year. Talking is only part of the process. Action is the other. Documenting your debriefing is a concrete step in committing to being better in the future.

Don’t miss the good. It’s natural to focus on what did not work, but don’t let that dominate the conversation. I guarantee there were plenty of great things that happened in your church during Easter. Spend time celebrating and documenting those achievements, too.

Filed under: Communications, Holidays, Easter, Creative Process

About the Author

Jerod Clark

Jerod joined ReFrame Media in 2007 and built Church Juice from scratch. He poured all his passion for branding, marketing, and messaging into the ministry, publishing e-books, blog posts, and speaking at conferences to help churches energize their communications. He also served as ReFrame’s in-house graphic designer. Before beginning his work at Church Juice, Jerod was a local TV news reporter. In 2016, Jerod stepped away from the ministry to pursue interests in marketing and communications on new horizons.

Don't miss a post

Join our email list

Comments (0)

Leave a Comment

Share your thoughts about this blog post with us.
All fields are required.

Recent Posts

Podcast: Advertising Easter
Podcast: Advertising Easter
0

Posted March 18, 2019 by Bryan Haley

What are the best ways to advertise your Easter services and events?
“But No One Told Me!” Tips on Improving Staff Communication
“But No One Told Me!” Tips on Improving Staff Communication
2

Posted March 13, 2019 by Kristen Eleveld

Trying to keep your team in the loop can be overwhelming and frustrating. How do you give people the information they need without overloading their inbox? Read on for some ideas on how to keep your staff up to date—and your day running a little smoother.
Podcast: Easter Branding
Podcast: Easter Branding
0

Posted March 11, 2019 by Bryan Haley

How to create a brand for Easter that is consistent with your church branding and meets the needs of your audience.
5 Places to Listen For Better Leadership
5 Places to Listen For Better Leadership
1

Posted March 6, 2019 by Robert Carnes

Most leaders know how to talk, but don’t fully appreciate the value of listening. Here are five places church marketers can listen to become better leaders.
Podcast: Why Easter?
Podcast: Why Easter?
0

Posted March 4, 2019 by Bryan Haley

An overview of the Easter season, and why churches put so much energy and attention into Easter services.
The 4 Essential Social Media Questions
The 4 Essential Social Media Questions
0

Posted February 27, 2019 by Joel Schaap

Many churches struggle when it comes to social media, but they have everything they need to fix the problem.
How to Utilize Facebook Groups
How to Utilize Facebook Groups
0

Posted February 25, 2019 by Bryan Haley

Groups on Facebook allow people to be a part of an online community that they’re interested in. Your church can use Facebook groups as a way to communicate to your congregation and be actively engaged in the broader community.
What’s Your Platform? Finding the Right Social Media
What’s Your Platform? Finding the Right Social Media
0

Posted February 20, 2019 by Kristen Eleveld

How do you decide which social media platform your church should use? Let’s take a look at what makes each of the most popular platforms unique.
Choosing a Facebook Cover Photo
Choosing a Facebook Cover Photo
0

Posted February 18, 2019 by Bryan Haley

Your church's Facebook Page cover photo is prime real estate. It's the largest area you have to visually display something for your church. Here's how to choose the right Facebook cover photo.
Snappy Solutions
Snappy Solutions
2

Posted February 13, 2019 by Matthew Hooper

Snapchat is one of the many social communication options around. It’s unique feature of deleting posts means you needs to navigate this social channel in a completely different way.