At Westminster, we love it when we are able to welcome guests and visitors for worship. Being friendly and hospitable on Sunday mornings (and throughout the week) is a path to church growth, so I love it when I see people stepping across the room to greet a new face on Sunday morning.
As Christians, our calling is to be kind to those who happen to join us on Sundays, but it is also our calling to be intentional about reaching out. It is not just our job to be magnetic, it’s also our job to be missional. We don’t just attract people, we go out to where the people are.
Here is a surprising thought from Thom Rainer, a researcher of church growth: “Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited. Perhaps we need to pause on this response. Perhaps we need to restate it. More than nine out of 10 of the unchurched said they would come to church if they were invited.”
I bet if you think (and pray) about it, God will bring to mind some people you can invite to church. Rainer says, “What constitutes an invitation? For many of the unchurched, it was a simple invitation to come to one’s church. For others, it was an invitation that included an offer to meet someone at church to show them around or walk them in the building. In either case, the process was pretty basic. If we invite them, they will come.”
I hope you’ll think and pray about your friends and neighbors and who might be receptive to your invitation. Here’s a short video to help you remember:
See you Sunday, and invite a friend!