If you belong to an extraordinary church like I do – you want to share it with everyone you know. But how do you go about inviting someone to church?
1. The Christmas Gram
Yes. That’s right! Hire a singing elf or rapping reindeer to bring a sense of holiday cheer to the one you want to invite to church. You can even write the lyrics yourself. “Christmas ain’t about the merch, so come with me to church.” or “Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you…sitting with me in a pew.”
2. The Bashful Neighbor
If you are a bit of an introvert you can still invite your neighbor to church. Just take one of the church invite cards, casually walk next door, quickly slip the card into the door between the weather stripping and the door, and then run home. It’s simple and nobody will know it was you. For increased effectiveness attempt this at 2:00am.
3. The Lunch Bribe
Everybody has a favorite restaurant. You can use this to your advantage! Find out your friend’s favorite restaurant and bribe them with brisket or bolognese. Invite them to meet you at the church 10 minutes prior to your preferred scheduled service time and promise to take them out to lunch after the church service. (Note: If you go to an early morning service it is called: The Brunch Bribe)
4. The Drive-Thru Dash
Do you deserve a break today? Would you like to have it your way, right away? Yo Quiero Taco Bell? If so, you can pull of the Drive-Thru Dash. Take one of the invite cards, drive through your favorite fast-food place, order your food and give the worker the invitation. It’s that easy. You have a pipping hot double-double and they have an invitation to church.
5. The Facebook Post
Some of you are like the Sultans of Social Media. You can use the powerful influence you have over your 1900 closest friends by posting a link to your church’s website and expressing your love for the church. You may not know the impact that might have upon someone that is just now ready to receive Jesus and start attending a new church. Try it!
6. The Christmas Stocking
If you are morally opposed to breaking and entering then please move on to #7. Okay, those of you reprobates who are still reading, wait until everyone is asleep, climb down the chimney, eat a few snacks, and place one of your church’s invite cards in each of the stockings. Hey, if it’s good enough for Santa then it should be good enough for you.
7. The Momma Guilt Trip
You know what I’m talking about. You have a power that few can resist and you ought not waste it on simple things like flowers and phone calls. It can go something like this… “You know how much I love going to church. Once I had to miss church, but it was worth it. I had been in labor for 37 hours when the sun came up that Sunday morning. Though I wanted to go and worship I was preoccupied giving life to you. I guess I’ll never have that Sunday back.” Then make the pitch!
Wait! What am I doing? If you’re a mom you know exactly what to do next.
8. The Donut King
At your workplace, offer to bring in enough donuts for everyone on Monday if only one person from work will attend with you on Sunday. You will be crowned the donut king, they will get credit for taking one for the team, and you’ll have a guest with you on Sunday! Win – Win – Win
9. The Rope & Tape
If you are getting desperate trying to find someone to attend with you on Sunday – go to Home Depot and purchase a roll of DuckTape and rope. Now, I’m not saying that you should kidnap someone, tie them up, put them in your trunk and then release them Sunday morning in the church parking lot. I’m not saying that! However, you can get creative with rope and DuckTape. It’s all I’m saying.
10. Just Ask
You know, you could just ask. Simply ask that person to be your guest on Sunday. They might surprise you, come and enjoy it. And most importantly, they might meet Jesus.
Don’t put it off. This Sunday is a perfect Sunday for you to invite that friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative. Look at the clock. Determine to send that text, make that call, or walk over to that desk before the top of the hour. You can do this!
Did I miss any good ideas? Maybe you have a few of your own that would help our readers. Share them now in the comment section:
SuzanneNovember 29, 2016 at 6:56 am
How about make a dish to share with a neighbor or even desert then tape to the top an invite card just like the pizza places do
Josh TeisNovember 29, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Love that Idea Suzanne. Unless you cook as badly as i do.
Joshua CollinsNovember 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm
I love the sense of humor in your 10 ways. We’ve had this program at our church for the past few years called Hope 4 Grant County at hope4grantcounty.org that reminds people there is still hope in this ever darkening world. We’ve had community work days, 4th of July Parade involvement, Hero day (inviting police. medical services, teachers, firefighters, etc), and even backyard movie nights for our neighbors. Just establishing a good testimony as a community minded/oriented church has helped us draw people in.
Josh TeisNovember 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm
Joshua – incredible ideas all the way around. I love the concepts of servant evangelism. way to go bro
DebraMarch 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm
I learned that there is no better snack in the evening than a bowl of cereal. It's a great way to spend some one on one time with my kids, it ker93eveeeyone&#sp;s belly full through the night, and as a nurse I totally appreciate the iron, fiber, calcium, and every other great vitamin and mineral going into my kids body's.
Josh WrightNovember 29, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Pay for someone’s fuel, groceries, lunch, etc. Leave an invitation with them and the worker at the gas station, grocery store, or restaurant. It is not the amount of money you spend that makes the difference. The random act of kindness will leave a lasting impression on both of them!
Thanks for the ideas! Going to Home Depot later today to get my rope and tape!!!
Josh TeisNovember 29, 2016 at 9:57 pm
Love the Random Acts of Kindness. I want to do a promotional like this at our church in 2017 or 2018