Stop Inviting People to Church
(From SIMPLE CHURCH JOURNAL)
I received the following email from Mike Lyons several years ago that bears repeating:
I have made a promise to myself. I will stop inviting people to my church.
Hear me out now.
I spent nearly a decade with my well paid job in the church trying to get people to come to church. We would develop strategies, advertising through TV, radio, print, internet, marketing plans… wowing them with worship experiences, video, dramas, amazing sermons, direct mail strategies.. on and on..whew. all designed with one aim. That when you would invite your friend, they would say yes and go to church with you. All you would have to do is invite them, they would respond to the engaging message and multi-sensory worship, become curious, eventually come to Christ, and eventually become a part of our church. The problem is, it didn’t work very well.