‘Tis the season of pastel colors, blooming flowers, cubbies shorts, tie-dye easter eggs, a ton of rabbits (chocolate rabbits, marshmallow rabbits, plastic rabbits, straw rabbits, etc.), and most importantly, EASTER! Why is Easter one of the most anticipated times of the year for the church? Simply put, this is the one time of the year where individuals and families make attending church a priority. In fact, most of them, if not all of them, will attend church with a family member or friend. After a little research this morning, I have seen statistics as high as 90% of the people who are invited to church on Easter Sunday will attend. This is amazing. We must take advantage of this.
As a church, I’m convinced that we need to leverage this time of the year to invite our family, friends, and neighbors to attend church with us. Here are a few thoughts as we approach Easter Sunday.
- Who is awaiting your invitation? Typically, all we have to do is ask. Are you willing to step out and invite your family members, co-workers, neighbors, etc. to come with you? Will you bury your fear and make the ask this Easter?
- An invitation to church is only the beginning. Those who are most effective in having their friends come to church with them are those who are willing to make some personal investment in their life. Will you consider going to coffee with one of your friends, having a family over to your home for dinner, or going the extra mile before and after extending the invitation for them to attend church with you? After all, this could be the one thing they need.
- Social Media is a powerful tool. How will you use your Facebook account to leverage this opportunity? Your Twitter feed? Instagram? Are you willing to give it a try? Those who are most effective with this post at least twice a day. Give it a shot…it’s proven.
- Social Media is not the only tool. Don’t underestimate the power of a phone call, baked cookies, text-message, or a church invite card. These tools still work and they go a long way!
- Just Ask. And ask again. And again. Being persistent is not necessarily a bad thing.
My challenge to you is to invite at least 10 people to come to church with you this Easter. Consider this a “Love Dare” of sorts. One of the best ways we can love people is to point them towards the One who first loved us, Jesus. Any takers?