Converge churches make the most of Easter opportunity

Michael Smith

Converge Content Specialist

  • Evangelism

The “Big 3 Weekends” — Christmas, Easter and fall kickoff — present a unique opportunity to invite neighbors, co-workers, relatives, friends and classmates to church and introduce them to Jesus. Churches throughout our movement didn’t waste the opportunity this Easter, and God honored their faithfulness in powerful ways.

Here’s the good news:

“Excited to baptize three people on Easter Sunday!”

Adam Groh, Senior Pastor
Berkley (Michigan) Community Church

“We are praising God for his incredible work in our midst over Easter weekend. Our regular attenders extended hundreds of personal invitations, and more than 1200 people (triple our normal weekend average) came through our doors between Friday and Sunday to hear Jesus’ message of hope. On top of that, we had 26 people baptized in our services Sunday morning, either committing or recommitting to surrender to Christ’s leadership in their life. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to celebrate. Our God is awesome!”

Micheal Simmerman, Senior Pastor
Bethel Church, Owatonna, Minnesota

“More than 130 people joined us for our Good Friday service. On Easter Sunday, we saw more than 500 in attendance, with 270 staying for brunch. We celebrated two baptisms and saw five people indicate that they had prayed to receive Christ.”

Kevin Clark, Senior Pastor
Encompass Church, Parker, Colorado

“We had 361 people attend (our highest since I have been at Grace by more than 60 people). We did six baptisms, and seven people indicated a commitment to Jesus.”

John Byrne, Lead Pastor
Grace Fellowship, Lakewood, Colorado

“We had a helicopter egg drop the Saturday before Easter. We hosted two drop times and had 4500 show up for the event. We had a record-breaking Easter with 375 people, and three people accepted Christ.”

Chris Highfill, Lead Pastor
Grace River Church, O’Fallon, Missouri

“Record Easter attendance of 4645 and 244 recorded decisions for Christ!”

Darryn Scheske, Lead Pastor
Heartland Church, Indianapolis

“Our Easter service saw six faith stories and four baptisms. One lady who is on oxygen made up her mind to trust God that she could be baptized without her oxygen for a few minutes. The congregation prayed, and she was baptized without any problems. When she came up out of the baptism waters, she had a huge smile, raised her arms in the air and the congregation cheered. It was truly a ‘Yea, God’ moment.”

Todd Dahlgren, Lead Pastor
Immanuel Baptist Church, Monmouth, Illinois

“In light of the tragedy in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, several friends from the D.C.-area Muslim community came to Mosaic to stand with us in a gesture of friendship, solidarity and support. This meant a great deal to our people. Natalie and I, as well as Mosaic leaders, are engaged in growing relationships with hundreds of Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, atheists and agnostics across the metro area because of the tragedies that have afflicted houses of worship over the past year. On Easter Sunday, God gave us a spectacular day of high praise, diverse guests and friendships among people of many faith traditions and no faith. Jesus is alive!”

Jim Eaton, Lead Pastor
Mosaic Church, Frederick, Maryland

“An estimated 10,000 people attended our first helicopter egg drop. We saw 147 salvations, 203 baptisms and 5439 in attendance over seven Easter services. We recently started livestreaming our services. A family watched our 9 a.m. service online and then decided to come to our next service to be baptized.”

Justin Long, Communications Director
Orchard Church, Brighton, Colorado

"It was an amazing weekend with so many powerful stories. We were blessed to have a front row seat to watch Jesus move!" 

Bill Bush, Lead Pastor
Rock Point Church, Queen Creek, Arizona

“We had a record 678 in worship, which is over 100 more than last year’s attendance. Sixteen people decided to follow Jesus. One cool thing we did this year was have copies of The Case for Christ available to anyone who was skeptical or still doubting. We gave away more than 40 copies.”

Matt Wolf, Lead Pastor
Stapleton Church, Denver

“Four hundred twenty-five people attended two services, and 10 people made decisions for Christ and/or indicated a desire to be baptized. There were 30 first-time guests.”

Len Browning, Lead Pastor
The Journey at First Baptist, Craig, Colorado

See how you can leverage big weekends at your church to introduce more people to Jesus.


Michael Smith, Converge Content Specialist

Michael Smith serves as Converge’s content specialist. He has nearly two decades in the newspaper publishing industry. Michael worked as a copy editor and designer for the Tampa Tribune for more than a dozen years, and has also been a member of the editorial staff of Florida Baptist Witness and other publications across the Southeast.

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