"Only two percent of church members invite an un-churched person to church. Ninety-eight percent of churchgoers never extend an invitation in a given year." –LifeWay Research
Over the past few weeks (when I'm not listening to Toddler Tunes), I've heard a special day being advertised on K-Love radio. The movement is called National Back to Church Sunday. Perhaps you've heard of it? The special Sunday, this year designated as Sept. 18, is a day to invite those who haven't attended church before, or who haven't attended in awhile, to your church. The purpose of the event is to help "ease the transition by reaching out to bring them into fellowship with one another."
This idea struck me as simple, yet radical. Simple in the fact that all you have to do is invite someone to attend church. Radical in the fact that you have to ASK someone to attend church.
Churches can participate. Individuals can participate. According to the Back to Church website, "In 2010, over 1.4 million invitations to church were extended for Back to Church Sunday, and over 3,700 churches planned a special service to welcome people back and make them feel at home."
What an amazing outreach! I'm sure each of us can think of at least one person to invite to church this Sunday. My challenge is for you to ASK. Be radical. Step out. And, if you attend Ebenfeld, bring more food! Anyone with me?
(If you want to sign up for some accountability, visit www.backtochurch.com.)