"Consider it pure joy when you face trials and tribulations because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Christianity holds the keys to the universe. But maybe before we start inviting others we need ourselves to make a resolution to re-discover the wonders held deep within God's words for our lives. It seems
to me that finding is reserved for those who seek. But the brilliance is that once we seek we find, then at that point we can pass along those things that we have found. This is what the early disciples did. They found something in Christ and passed it along. So I invite you this New Year to pass along what you have found, and invite people to take a closer look at Christ and His church.
Michael Harvey MBA
The power of perspective in invitation
Evangelism for Introverts:
A Clergy Guide to a Simple & Successful
Back to Church Sunday
Whether your parish is introverted or extroverted, comfortable with talking about Jesus or not so much, Back to Church Sunday is a good fit because its “evangelism” approach is one of the simplest, most natural and effective strategies out there: that of one friend inviting another friend to church.
We know you’re busy, so...
We’ve put together the top four tips for running a successful campaign. These hints come from clergy in the Diocese who got a great response last year on Back to Church Sunday.
Top four tips for running a successful campaign:
1. Get your lay leadership on board, whoever that might be. Meet with your wardens. Sell it at Advisory Board and ACW. Talk to key lay leaders. Need help in pitching the program? Invite them out to hear Michael Harvey at your Area event. We also have a powerpoint presentation available on our Diocesan webpage for download or printing.
2. Preach a sermon on how and why we invite friends to church a Sunday or two before the event. Lower people’s anxiety levels. Inspire them as to why we should do it, and show them how easy it is. Not sure, yourself, what to say? We have sample sermons you can adapt or borrow on our webpage.
3. Make invitation cards readily available to parishioners. Give folks something concrete to pass on to their friends. Whether you buy your invitations from Augsburg or design your own really doesn’t matter; just make sure they’re available to people several weeks before Back to Church Sunday. Ordering information will be sent to parishes in June.
4. Put a little extra effort into planning worship on Back to Church Sunday. Really, what we’re talking about here is making sure you think through your service with the visitor in mind. How will you welcome visitors, and what info do they need to know? (Washrooms? Nursery? What happens to kids during service? Who receives communion, and how? Will there be enough cues for the visitor to move comfortably through the service?)
Is that all?
Pretty much. Although of course we encourage to undergird all your efforts with prayer. Ask you parish intercessors to include it as an item in their Sunday prayers for the Sundays leading up to the September Sunday when Back to Church Sunday has been designated.