By Deborah Bruce
What about the six in ten worshipers who say they haven’t invited someone to their church in the past year? What reasons do they give?
Few opportunities. The most common reason worshipers give for not inviting others is lack of opportunity. Four in ten say that they have had few—if any—opportunities to invite others.
Those invited are not interested. Two in ten say they have invited others, but that those they’ve approached have not been interested in visiting. At least they tried.
Lack of preparation. Another three in ten gave one of several reasons that suggest they are not ready to be effective evangelists for their church. Some think it’s not appropriate to discuss their faith outside the church, others lack the confidence to do so, and a few fear that doing so will damage their personal relationships.
What matters. Congregational leaders face the challenge of doing what they can to equip worshipers to recognize opportunities to invite others, to be comfortable talking about their faith, and to issue effective invitations.
- How to attract first-time visitors
- Making your church more inviting
- Service and mission as the entry point for new people
- Evangelism Sunday