How do people start attending church? The answer might surprise you. 2% come through advertising. 6% by the pastor inviting them. Organized visitation yields 6% too. But the highest percentage comes through personal invitations by friends – 86%! In fact, studies indicate people are more likely to come when invited at Christmas and Easter than any other time of the year.
We have several holiday events that make it easier to invite others. Wednesday, December 12 is our Ladies Tea, Sunday, December 16 our church choir will sing, “All Year Long” during the 10:30 am service. I’ll preach a short gospel message that day. December 23 is our “Christmas Sunday” and I will speak on a Christmas theme – again with the gospel clear. Then there’s our Christmas Eve Service, Monday, December 24 at 5 pm. The early time is set to allow families opportunity to eat following and continue their traditions. The service lasts no longer than an hour. A short gospel message will be given.
In your bulletin is a card with these services printed out. Your homework assignment is to give the card to someone this week – ask them which one of the services they could attend with you. Just think if only half of those invited came what an impact that would be. We must always guard against an in-grown church. We must remember we’ve been given the Great Commission to share Christ and His gospel. Christmas is an excellent opportunity to invite others when their thoughts are on spiritual things.