I know. I know. Asking someone to join you at church just feels weird.
We’ve all been there. You’re in the grocery store and you’ve struck up a conversation with someone who you haven’t seen in a while. After a few minutes you say your goodbyes and continue on with your day. And then it hits you..”why didn’t I invite him/her to join me at church?” So you decide that next time you when you start up a conversation, you will make the ask.
And you do…and it just feels weird. But why? Why would inviting someone to church be hard to do? Well, for one, you are not alone. Even pastors have a hard time making the ask. And I believe it’s because we care. We don’t want to offend someone or say something wrong. We want people to join us at church, but what if we do or say something that causes them to decide not to come? These are all questions we all face. But I am here to tell you…you can do it! So here’s a few things to know when it comes to inviting others to church.
- Don’t over think it! Inviting others to church can seem like a big deal, but put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you were invited, how would you react? You would probably thank them for thinking of you and offering that invitation!
- Make it simple. You don’t have to have the perfect words or some catchy way to express your invitation. Just be yourself. Share why you go to church and that since it means so much to you, you want others to experience it too!
- Give them an invite card! We provide invite cards every week for you to take with you. Always keep a stack on you so when you are at the grocery store, the bank, your neighbor’s house, etc, you will be ready to give someone that special invitation. Giving someone an invite card makes it personal and shows them how much you value their presence…you want them there with you!
- Pray. Start praying now for the people God places in your path each day. No mater who it is, that person God placed in your path is someone who needs to hear the message of Jesus and all you have to do is invite!
Side note: a word of caution. Not if, but when you get a response along the lines of “No thanks” or “I don’t go to church, it’s not for me” I want you to know that it’s ok. Getting rejected after you tried so hard to invite someone can feel defeating. But don’t personalize it. Don’t feel like you failed. All God has asked you to do is invite. Leave it up to God to do the rest! Your obedience and faithfulness to be the one who is inviting is all He is asking you to do!