I am very excited about the next two weeks of worship. Last year churches across the world were forced to attend Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday online. It is said that “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Though that may not be true in all instances in which it is used, I find it very true for me and worship on Easter. I am excited about being with the body of Christ as we celebrate the resurrection in person.
Easter is the easiest day of the year to invite people to church. Many casual church attenders are looking for a place to attend. It is also a great day to introduce unbelievers to Jesus. In a 2017 survey it was found that 70% of church attenders invited someone to attend a worship service with them over the previous six months. In 2016 a survey found that 30% of those who do not attend church said they would attend a religious service if they were invited by a friend. Obviously not everyone will say “yes” but many will. Be sure and take advantage of the opportunity of Easter and invite someone to be with you.
Here are a few pointers when inviting someone to church.
- Pray for them before and after you invite them.
- Offer to meet them in the parking lot and help them find a seat.
- Be specific on when and where to meet and then do not be late.
- Use the invitation to be a gateway to talking with them about why you are a follower of Jesus.
- Introduce them to others in the church.
- Invite them back for the following week. Include an invitation to Sunday School.
- Offer to introduce them to the pastor (I will be standing in the atrium at the end of every service.)
- If you are told “no” it does not usually mean never. Be sure and invite them again in the future.
We are going to continue to find ways to make it easier for you to invite people to church as we move forward. We also will have special services throughout the year that will be attractive to those you bring with you. I promise to always make much of Jesus so your guests will hear the Gospel and have an opportunity to respond. I cannot wait to be introduced to your friends and family over the next couple of weeks.