On Easter, Propel Church will not be able to gather in-person in the same way that we normally would. But COVID-19 has many people still looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. This, more than ever, is the time for the church to rise up and proclaim the message of the resurrection. But how can we still do this when we are not able to meet?
We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news. As Pastor Nick as said, we believe that this is a setup, not a setback.
We help prepare you to share your testimony, then, on the week leading up to Easter, we all post our sixty-second videos on social media with the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything. People all over our area, quarantined in their homes and scrolling on their phones, would see a flood of stories about how the resurrected Jesus brings purpose and meaning and hope. One click on the hashtag and they could see hundreds of people just like them, talking about how Jesus changed the trajectory of their lives! It puts all of the emphasis on Jesus.
Think about the implications.
Rather than each of us only inviting one or two people to an Easter service, we could each proclaim the gospel to hundreds of non-Christian friends and co-workers. And the best part is that every one of us are the ones proclaiming the gospel. Furthermore, this will be a beautiful display of the unity of the church. A tangible example of how the church isn't a building, but a people.
What's Your Story?
Every one of us has a unique story to tell. One no one else can tell. Yet the hero in all those stories is the same — Jesus!
Click below for a story-sharing guide created to help you think about the shape of your personal story and how Jesus changed it.
Watch the one-minute videos below to get a sense of what it could be like to tell your own story.
SELFIE VIDEO GUIDE
Here are some best practices for videoing yourself on your phone.
- Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowded spaces.
- In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
- In artificial light – Avoid standing directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a standing lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
- Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye-level communicates accessibility.
- Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
- Shoot portrait – Align your phone vertically.
We’ve created a guide with examples that you can access here:
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART...
Once you have filmed your story on your phone, it's time to share it with others! You can post your story any time April 6th-12th with the #JesusChangesEverything hashtag and be sure to tag Propel Church to connect viewers to a local church (ex. #JesusChangesEverything @PropelChurch). As soon as they click on "Propel Church", they will go to a page inviting them to an online Easter experience where they will hear the gospel clearly preached, learn how to respond with faith, and find out how to get connected with a local church.
Your willingness to share your story has the potential to impact thousands of other people. Let's all work together to make Jesus known by everyone in our community and beyond!
While public gathering restrictions are in effect, we’ve moved all of our worship experiences online and created new times that you can join and invite friends. To find out the next service to attend or watch a past week’s message click below.