TAYLOR, Mich.—An all-time record crowd of 850 people attended the Easter service at Evangel Baptist Church, filling the balcony of a church that has a regular attendance of 550.

Five weeks before Easter, Pastor Ken Pierpont had begun a preaching series called “When the Church Was Young and Bold” based on the conversion stories in the book of Acts.

“We started talking about filling the east balcony that is always empty, what I call the ‘left field bleachers,’ ” Ken says. “The people got a vision for filling that balcony.”

Ken challenged the church to focus on three things, asking them to think about filling the balcony, using the baptistry, and waiting in the hallway to greet the people they had invited to church. The church also printed 10,000 fold-over business cards for members to use when inviting guests for Easter.

The church canceled its usual sunrise service to concentrate on one morning service, and began the day with a breakfast served to almost 500 people. During the worship service nine people were baptized.

“The left field bleachers were full. Now we have a lot of follow-up work to do,” Ken says.