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

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
1

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.
The Best Time to Post on Facebook
The Best Time to Post on Facebook
0

Posted February 11, 2019 by Jordan Gorveatte

With algorithms and engagement constantly changing, what are the best times to post on Facebook? We break it down for you here.
Instagram and the Visual Web
Instagram and the Visual Web
0

Posted February 6, 2019 by Bryan Haley

Your church needs to think more visually. Instagram’s wild success and influence is continuing to move the web toward visual.
4 Things Churches Need to Stop Posting on Social Media
4 Things Churches Need to Stop Posting on Social Media
6

Posted February 4, 2019 by Robert Carnes

There’s plenty of articles talking about what the church could add to their social media channels. This article is the opposite of that—four things that churches should stop adding online.
The McDonald’s Method
The McDonald’s Method
1

Posted January 29, 2019 by Matthew Hooper

3 guys walk into a church. They all question what year they walked into. Should you update your building’s look? How should you go about a building update?
Good Websites Remove Barriers
Good Websites Remove Barriers
1

Posted January 22, 2019 by Bryan Haley

After moving to a new city, we started looking online for a new church, and it made me realize how many churches don’t prioritize their website. A poor website does nothing to help potential guests want to show up on Sunday. Here’s how a good website removed barriers.
2019 Design Trends Forecast
2019 Design Trends Forecast
2

Posted January 17, 2019 by Gage Hunt

What should your church be expecting out of graphic design trends this year? Here's our best guess.
15 of the Best Church Websites for 2019
15 of the Best Church Websites for 2019
0

Posted January 15, 2019 by Bryan Haley

We've spent dozens of hours searching the web to find the best church websites in North America. Here are 15 of the best church websites this year.
Go Live or Go Home: Streaming Strategy for Small Churches
Go Live or Go Home: Streaming Strategy for Small Churches
1

Posted December 27, 2018 by Matthew Hooper

Thanks to Youtube, Facebook Live, and the advent of affordable smartphones, anyone can get in on the online church game. Here are some questions to work through to set up a winning strategy with taking your church live.