By Deborah Bruce
Millions of Americans attended church at one time, but don't any more. How can your congregation connect with people outside your doors who might be interested in returning to a community of faith?
First let's take a look at how people find a new congregation. The U.S. Congregational Life Survey asked worshipers who began attending their congregation in the past five years how they first found out about the church before they visited. The biggest draw? A personal invitation! Almost half of visitors came for the first time because someone invited them.
So how can your congregation be effective in inviting others? National Back to Church Sunday provides a unique way for your congregation to join with thousands of other churches across the country to invite visitors to church on September 10, 2010. The Back to Church website provides numerous resources and tools to help you get started. Already, more than one million invitations have been issued!
How many visitors will your congregation have that day?