Your Goal for Easter?

What is the goal for your Worship Arts Team this Easter Sunday?

It’s a bit of a trick question, I know, but just go with me on this.

The truth is there are a lot of goals – quality sound, excellent musicianship, passionate volunteers, not forgetting the lyrics (am I the only one with this goal?) … You get the picture.

These are all good, but I’m asking what’s the BIG GOAL?

We all know the answer. . . Life Transformation.

As much as we want to see all of these other things, and they do go hand-in-hand, the ultimate goal this Easter Sunday for your Worship Arts Team and mine is Life Transformation. People’s lives radically transformed through the power of Jesus’ resurrection.

But how?

It’s a tough question because on one hand Life Transformation is the goal, yet on the other hand you and I don’t transform lives. . . God does. But we play an important role.

You see, only God can transform a life but our job on Sunday is to create the environment where life transformation happens… where people open themselves to God’s redemptive plan for their lives.

At The Journey, we call this “Creating Transformational Moments”. It has been one of our core values as a team from the very beginning and after 10 years of creating “Moments” I can tell you … it typically doesn’t just happen out of the blue!

It can be a well-placed song, scripture, testimony, film, drama, dance, painting… It can be a lot of things. But the one thing it is most often is PLANNED.

Here’s an example:

This Easter Sunday at The Journey’s Manhattan location we will feature a powerful dance element. It will be during the song “Grace Like Rain” and I believe will be a Transformational Moment for the entire congregation. It’s only 5% of the entire service but we’ve been planning it for over a month.

With that in mind, let me share a KEY PRINCIPLE with you when it comes to planning Transformational Moments – PLANNING ENGAGES GOD’S POWER.

Some people think that planning Moments isn’t spiritual because it takes God out of the process. But we have access to the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever. And the Spirit of God can move just as much 2 months or 2 weeks before a service as He can 2 minutes before.

I’m not talking manipulation. I’m talking about “soaked in prayer, what is the most creative / powerful / inspirational way that we can teach this scriptural principle?”

This Easter, don’t just hope something special happens. Cooperate with God to plan a life transformational moment in your Easter worship service. You still have time!

As one of my mentors, Tom Jackson says, “Don’t just sing songs. Create moments.” Good advice for all of us this Easter Sunday!

Your partner in ministry,


PS: Can I pray for you and your Easter services this week? If so, just reply to this email and let me know how I can pray for you and your Easter services. I count it an honor to serve you and your church and I’m praying that this is the BEST EASTER EVER for you!

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TUESDAY MORNING INSIGHTS is Jason Hatley’s free weekly training resource specifically designed to provide you as a worship leader with proven principles, tips and practices to help you lead a healthy and thriving Worship Arts Team.

About Jason Hatley and Worship Leader Insights

Jason HatleyIn 2002, Jason Hatley helped launch The Journey Church in New York City, directing the programming of their worship services. He serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts and built from scratch The Journey’s worship arts team, a group of over 200 artists and technicians who develop and implement the creative and technical elements at weekly Sunday services. The Journey has been recognized as one of Outreach Magazines fastest growing and most creative churches.

Jason has been a worship leader since 1996. He invests in Worship Pastors around the country through interactive coaching networks and worship planning resources. He has been a featured break-out speaker at the Willow Creek Arts Conference, The Purpose Drive Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. He has a B.M. in Sacred Music Performance from Appalachian State University.

Jason and his family currently live in Boca Raton, FL where he serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey’s newest campus in South Florida.