A church member recently sent me a text with the message below,
“As we do often, I invited a young couple to our church who was purchasing something in our business. They seemed touched that I had invited them however they already attended another church. They have been here since 2009 and have rarely been invited to attend a church. That is why they appreciated the invitation. They are from Florence, Alabama and being invited to a church up there was a normal thing. I found that interesting.”
Gotta be honest. I found this story beyond interesting. I found it revealing.
When is the last time someone invited you to church on Sunday morning? Let’s consider it the other way. Over the last six months, how often have you made the attempt to invite someone to church on Sunday morning?
Most born-again Christians, in multiple polls by agencies such as Lifeway, Barna Research Center, and Church Answers, indicate that being invited to church on a Sunday morning was significant to crucial to them coming to Christ. Despite all the changes in church through the years, Sunday morning worship attendance is still significantly impactful on the present and future spiritual lives of those who attend.
Inviting people to Sunday morning worship and getting our people in the habit of that act is a critical link to seeing unchurched hear of Christ, seeing unchurched saved, and seeing the previously churched return. Bottom line: We must get regular church attenders in the habit of weekly inviting friends, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers to attend church.
We will use Golden Acres Baptist Church as an example for the power of inviting. What if only a portion of those who attend Sunday morning worship at Golden Acres regularly invited one person per week? Let’s take a conservative guess to say that, if a portion of our regular attenders for Sunday morning worship invited one person each week, then that would be about 300 invites per week.
Suppose there are 300 invitations extended per week (remember, that is only one invitation per person per week, and obviously increases if each person invites more than one each).
And suppose that 5% of those invitees actually attend worship on Sunday morning. That would be 15 per week and 780 per year. Remember, many of these 15 invited attenders would bring family members of at least 2-3, so we could easily be talking about 40-45 invited attenders weekly on Sunday morning. This would equal out to about 2,340 invited attenders per year.
Now, out of those 2,340 invited attenders, what if 3% came to know Christ? That would be 70 people per year coming to Christ just out of the invites - not including all of the others. Or, what if only 1% if the 2,340 invited attenders were saved in a particular year? That would be 23-24 people coming to know Christ simply because people invited them – and that does not even include the others who are saved as a result of other types of church ministry and outreach.And, what if another 3% of those invited attenders joined Golden Acres to become a part of the crowd who is inviting? Now, the numbers go up more.
Can you imagine? Twenty-four people saved from hell. Twenty-four lives changed. Twenty-four families impacted. Twenty-four servants added to the Kingdom of God!
ALL BECAUSE SOME OF GOD’S PEOPLE WEEKLY STARTED INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY.
Why invite people to church on Sunday? Isn’t the answer obvious?
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