Let’s look at a couple quick facts:
- Easter is the #1 most likely time for unchurched people to come to church.
- "82 percent of the unchurched are at least ‘some-what likely’ to attend church if they are invited. Perhaps we need to pause on this response. Perhaps we need to restate it: More than eight out of ten of the unchurched said they would come to church if they were invited. If you take anything from this book, please remember this point." Thom Rainer, Unchurched Next Door
- "Only 2 percent of church members ever invite an unchurched person to church". – Thom Rainer, Unchurched Next Door
- Easter is the biggest event on FBC’s calendar because it is the biggest event in history. Why not invite someone to join you on Easter Sunday? You have a couple of things in your favor. First, as mentioned above, people like to be invited even if they don’t accept the invitation… so don’t worry about rejection. Second, many people still feel some obligation to go to church on Easter or Christmas: by giving them an invitation, you have eliminated the work for them of finding another place to go. Finally, here is our real motivation: Jesus is worthy of glory, and He is worthy to be worshiped. His victory over Satan, sin, and death is worth celebrating. And, our neighbors and friends are worth the risk of awkward conversation to invite them to meet Jesus. So in the weeks leading up to Easter, we would like everyone to invite someone to join us. Invite a family, neighbor, co-worker, friend or family member who needs to hear the good news of Jesus.
So what if you have not even thought about inviting anyone to a FBC Easter service? What if you don’t even know your neighbors…what do you do? Fortunately, there is still time to do something (but you do need to “get on it” J). Here are some practical ideas for how you can invite others to FBC’s Easter Service:
1. Pray weekly before Easter and pray for the Easter Celebration Services – pray as a family and/or with your community group on a weekly basis. Pray that you will be bold in the gospel and that you will gain Jesus’ heart for your friends and neighbors. Make a list of everyone you would like to invite and pray for them daily over the next few weeks.
2. Host a pre-Easter neighborhood party - plan a party, invite the neighbors, pull out the BBQ and man/woman the grill. Host an Easter Egg hunt for the neighborhood children.
3. Host an Easter brunch or lunch before/after the Easter service. I stole this idea from Mark and Debbie McGoldrick. One year at Easter, Mark and Debbie invited their neighborhood over to a brunch at their house; then, the plan was for everyone to go to FBC after the brunch. Mark and Debbie had over 30 folks show up!
4. Use your social media – use FaceBook and Twitter to invite your family and friends. Show your excitement online!
5. Invite folks from your “normal routine” – think about Starbucks, your bank teller, that clerk at the grocery store, folks you see at the gym, and so on. Who are folks you see all the time who might be encouraged by an invitation? Be bold!
6. Give an invite – FBC has produced invites you can hand out to everyone mentioned above
7. Tell them about the free family photo! – Yes, you read that correctly! We will have several professional photographers stationed throughout FBC who will take free family photos!
Remember, as a church, we exist to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus. Let’s make sure that as many people as possible receive an invitation.
Community Outreach Pastor
Fellowship Bible Church
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Jesus, break my heart for what breaks Yours'