Back2Church Idea #2: Invite someone to lunch after church.
If there's someone who hasn't been to church in a while or a visitor, they are far more likely to come back if they feel a connection to their church. A growing church is one where people stay around after church to re-connect with people. A growing church is one where the people feel like a family and welcome newcomers to be part of the family. The preaching, the singing, and the music are important, but far more important is the community that connects people. I've never had someone tell me that they joined the church because of my preaching or because of the music. It's almost always because they felt welcomed. They felt like they found a church family. Let's make that our church this Sunday!
Who will you invite out to eat Sunday?
Idea #3: Invite a family member.
We all have family members who for whatever reason have fallen out of the habit of coming to church. Perhaps that's your husband, wife, child, etc. Maybe they have good reasons for not coming. Why not invite them back this Sunday! I'm sure that you've asked them so many times that you feel like you are nagging them, but don't give up! Keep inviting them. Keep sharing with them how important your church is to you. Keep telling them about the difference that being part of the family of God has made in your life. I'll be praying as you share your faith and love for your church with family this week!
Idea #4 tomorrow!
Rev. Josh Duckworth