Receiving Inviting Christmas Guests
Many churches still utilize what you might call an attractional model, preparing for people to come to their church rather than actively seeking new guests. At Christmas, certainly more people do attend church; however, in order for new people to attend, there are a few ways we should drive them there.
1) As an individual, personally invite friends and even acquaintances to worship with you on Christmas.
Invite them to join your family; and make arrangements to meet them in an easy, memorable spot before entering the main sanctuary. Otherwise, they may easily become intimidated or get lost.
Encourage other members of your congregation to also invite the people with whom they have cultivated relationships. These invitations can be personal or even on-line.
2) As a congregation, utilize Marketing and Social Media vehicles to communicate who you are, what your mission is and all of this in a way that will appeal to this particular demographic of person.
For example, if you are trying to reach young families in the neighborhood, consider what Marketing and Social Media platforms these young parents might be utilizing. Then, both individually and corporately, access those platforms to perhaps share about specific opportunities you have available to their children.
Don't forget to clearly share the dates, times and exciting aspects circling your Christmas services and activities! Even create Facebook events as a mass invite and to serve as a reminder.
Certainly, there are a number of ways new people can become guests in our congregations. The most important thing is that we recognize the need our friends and family have for a Savior as well as identify our opportunity to connect them with Jesus and our congregations.
What a great time of year to gather with family and connect them to what and who is so important to you. Let's make the most of it!
-- Sarah Guldalian
WEBINAR: Sharing the Love of Christ with Mormons
Join us Saturday, November 15th at 10 a.m. (Central Standard Time) for a live, interactive webinar: Sharing the Love of Christ with Mormons. Mormons use Christian terminology, live according to a high moral code, and confess faith in Jesus. Does that make them Christians? Many Christians think so, but there is more to the story. Special guest speaker, Art Vanick, co-author of "Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? - The Spalding Enigma". will share the differences between Christian and Mormon Theology. Based on his extensive experience, Vanick will inform and equip your witness to this community that has been tragically lied to and deceived.
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