One of the primary things that keep us from inviting people to church more often is fear of rejection. Well, the good news, according to a recent LifeWay Research Study, is that people will likely accept your invitation to church if you already have a relationship with them and offer to walk in/arrive with them.
So, do you have a relationship with anyone who doesn’t currently attend church? Well, that’s the person to invite.
Now, this isn’t part of the research, but my instinct tells me that these relationships don’t have to be deep relationships. They just have to be people who know you in some fashion. So, start with someone you know.
Second, what do you say? Being tongue-tied is part of being afraid. That’s why you should plan what you’re going to say before you say it. Try a variation of this: “Hey, our church is having an open house for guests this Sunday called Invite Your One and I thought of you. How would you feel about coming to church with me this Sunday?”
It’s that simple and that frightening, but the good news is...
“Eighty-two percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited.” –Dr. Thom Rainer, The Unchurched Next Door
Personally, I’m an introvert by nature, so I’ve intentionally put myself in situations where I have to talk to people — doing surveys in Walmart’s parking lot and using Starbucks as my office. I do this because introversion is no excuse to disobey the Great Commission. We had a couple visit our church for the first time on Sunday (and sign-up for a Center Group) because of a twenty-minute conversation I had with the husband in Walmart’s parking lot this past week. Now, if a complete stranger will accept an invitation to church, imagine the odds of inviting someone you already know!
Third, if they accept the invitation, tell them you can either pick them up or arrange to meet them outside the doors to the school.
Other things to consider:
You can have them download the app. to show them the address.
You can give them an invite card with the time and location.
You can tell them the message is going to be about why faith is not a blind leap in the dark.
Finally, you should begin here — pray. Pray about the person you’re thinking about asking and then ask them.
And then, make it a habit.
2 Corinthians 9:6
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.