Ways to effectively invite someone to church
Did you know that we have “invite” cards available for you to use, as you reach out to your family and friends with an invitation to our services. Together, we can give people in our community a personal invitation to our church. Here are six ways to make the most out of this simple tool. These tips work, even if you do not have invite cards handy.
1. Be Intentional
Use the invite card and say something like, “I would love for you to join me and my family at Delaney Street Baptist Church for the 11am service on Sunday. I could meet you there (pick location. For example, in the courtyard near the fountain). We can sit together and go to lunch after the service, if you want. How does that sound?”
2. Be Personable
Relax and be yourself when you invite someone to church. You don’t have to be a salesman with a slick approach. It is especially easy when you are inviting people you already know or have a friendship with.
3. Be Knowledgeable
You don’t have to know everything about our church, but you should know enough to assist someone new. Familiarize yourself with the services times, the location of the preschool and children’s areas, restrooms, and where the youth/students meets. You can also speak to a Welcome Ministry team member that day, if you need some assistance. Remember, we are all responsible for ensuring our guests have a great first experience!
4. Be Hospitable
Introduce your guest(s) to a few people. Point out something about the church that might interest them as you walk them to the service. Be aware of other people around you who may be new. Greet them and introduce yourself to them. If someone looks like they are not sure where to go, say, “Good morning. We are so glad you are here! Is there anything I can help you with?”
Pray for the people you invite to come. Pray for them to have a positive experience at Delaney. Pray that they will be drawn closer to God and come to faith in Jesus Christ, as a result of hearing the Gospel.
6. Be Faithful
Don’t give up on inviting your friends if they don’t come right away. Be persistent in your love for them. Find opportunities to speak about the exciting things happening at church and invite them to attend a service or one of our many events and group meetings.
I’m excited about what the Lord is going to do as we reach out to others in love.
Andrea B. (Multi-media designer and Pastoral Secretary)
Posted on Fri, September 22, 2017
by Andrea Bourgoin