The Simple, Yet Powerful Act of Inviting Someone to Church

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In his book, The Unchurched Next Door, Thom Rainer and a team of researchers interviewed hundreds of individuals who do not attend church in hopes of learning something about how Christians can more effectively reach out to them with the good news of Jesus Christ.  After sorting through all the information from the interviews, they discovered ten characteristics that were true of the majority of these unchurched people.  Some of them are quite surprising.

  1. Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning if they attend.
  2. Females are likely to be either the most antagonistic or the most receptive to the gospel.
  3. Most of the unchurched feel guilty about not attending church.
  4. 82 percent of the unchurched are at least “somewhat likely” to attend church if they are invited.
  5. Very few of the unchurched have had someone share with them how to become a Christian.  And Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives.
  6. Most of the unchurched have a positive view about pastors, ministers, and the church.
  7. Some types of “cold calls” [i.e., showing up on someone’s doorstep unannounced] are effective; many are not.
  8. The unchurched would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.
  9. The attitudes of the unchurched are not correlated to where they live, their ethnic or racial background, or their gender.
  10. Many of the unchurched are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than of themselves.

All of these facts about our non-church-attending neighbors are interesting, but I want especially to draw our attention to #4.  82 percent of the unchurched are at least “somewhat likely” to attend church if they are invited.  This ought to give us great confidence!  Don’t be afraid to invite your neighbors, coworkers, or children’s friends to church;  chances are they’re part of the 82% that are likely to come if they are asked!  Why not invite someone to next week’s service?

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About Brushy Fork Baptist Church
We are a small rural church in Indiana that wants to impact its community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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