How to Invite Someone to Church

The following is a borrowed post from a blog I read earlier this week. I did some personal “editing,” but the basis remains. The link to the original post can be found at the end of this post. Enjoy! 
It’s a strange dilemma. we’ve grown up in church, been very involved in church, perhaps have even been/currently are employed by a church. So it figures that it shouldn’t be too hard for us to invite people.  But if we’re honest,  I think some of us would admit that we still feel a bit nervous when inviting people to church. It’s reminiscent of what it felt like when asking someone to the Homecoming Dance. 
“What if they say no?”  “What if they think I’m weird?”  “What if they laugh at me?” 
All those kinds of things run through our minds.  Many of us struggle with this nervous tension. It would be easy to talk ourselves out of inviting people to church if it weren’t for this one truth:  Everyone spends eternity somewhere.  Yes, I’m one of those crazy people who still believes in Heaven and Hell. And yes, I also believe Jesus is the only way to God, because He is God. 
All that said, I believe there are some simple approches, that if put into practice, may just make inviting people to church a little bit easier. This doesn’t necessarily mean they will accept your invitation, but following these few suggestions can definitely help.
 1.)  Have a place worthy of your invitation. If you aren’t excited about your church and desperately hoping your friend, neighbor, spouse and/or co-worker will attend this Sunday, perhaps it’s time you did something about it. I can’t tell you what that looks like for you, whether helping your church improve, attending with your friend somewhere else, or simply moving on, but I can tell you that you need to be proud of your church.
  2.)  Be specific.  The following rarely works: “You should come to church with me sometime.”  It works about as much as, “We should do lunch sometime.”
You have to be specific.   “Will you join me this Sunday for the 11 am service at our church?  I can pick you up around 10:15, we’ll get some coffee along the way and then go to lunch afterwards. How’s that sound?”
 3.)  Be an expert about the Family Ministry environments at your church. If you are inviting parents with kids, the single most important issue on their mind is, “Will my kids be safe and will they like it?” Do your homework and let them know you’re already thinking about their kids. Email them information about the kids programs. Tell them stories about how much your kids or your friends’ kids enjoy the church.  (If you aren’t sure the kids enjoy your church’s family ministry environments, please see point #1.) 
 4.)  Leverage the church’s website/promotional material.  More and more churches are trying to help you invite your friends.  Check out their website, Facebook page, etc. 
 5.)  Don’t give up.  It’s very possible that we are going to have to be persistent and keep inviting.  Chances are, at some point, you’re going to have a friend say they are coming to church on Sunday only to cancel on Saturday night.  Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be defeated.  Hang in there.  Keep inviting them.
This isn’t about church attendance. It’s about eternity. And when eternity’s at stake, we can push through the awkward tension knowing that we’re simply doing what Jesus did – reaching out to those who are far from God. 
So, who are you inviting to church this Sunday?

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