Church Secret: Quickest Way To Grow A Church

godvertiser —  2009/11/21 — 2 Comments

This is a tip that can really pack the pews. . .But most churches never use it.

In fact, only 2% of church members actually follow-through with this secret weapon to grow a church.

Did you know that 73% of people who do not attend church have never been invited?
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And couple that with the fact that up to 82% of people say that go to church with a friend if they were invited, almost every church out has the potential to grow their attendance rosters within the next 4 weeks.

Why are only 2% of church goers inviting new friends and family to come to a church worship service, event, class, outing, picnic, retreat, bible study, or fellowship group meeting?

What excuses are you holding onto that prevent you from creating annual invite-a-friend weekends (other than Easter or Christmas!)? How can you change the culture of your church right now to be more INVITING — literally? Why haven’t you created pass-along conversation tools to hand out to EVERYONE in your church?

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2 responses to Church Secret: Quickest Way To Grow A Church

  1. I think there’s a lot of reasons for that…one that stands out to me: being ashamed. Maybe the quality or focus of the service is not conducive to visitors. I mean we all say, “Everyone’s Welcome”…but…by the service and people you can tell that’s only a slogan.

    I mean some churches are run like a spiritual social club–members only!!!

    There are probably a lot more…but that’s the one I could think of.

    Great post!

  2. @Michael Homes – Yes, you bring up one of the great reasons that are never discussed publicly. Kind of like inviting friends to come and live with your disfunctional family over Thanksgiving weekend. Great in concept to open your home to those that are in need of fellowship, but at the risk of exposing the truth that it ain’t the picture perfect Norman Rockewell setting.

    Perhaps that refusal to expose the fact that there’s a bunch of things which have been swept under the rug or that effort to keep up the fake perfect smiles whenever we talk about our own church to others perpetuates the stereotypes that Christians are perfect.

    It is ironic that identifying yourself as Christian means truly the opposite: It’s a public claim that we are broken — definitionally opposite of perfect! — and in need of something outside of us to make us whole.

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