Tips to Inviting a Friend to Church

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Tips to Inviting a Friend to Church

The thought of inviting a friend or neighbor to church can be daunting, even to the most seasoned of Christians. However, understanding the gravity of this invitation demonstrates how life changing the invitation may be. (Romans 1:16)
Tips:

  1. DEPEND ON GOD
    Appeal to God’s promise that He will soften hearts to the gospel (Ezekiel 11:19) and ask God to open a door for opportunities to come with those you know. (Colossians 4:3)
  2. BE A GOOD FRIEND
    Unbelieving friends have a lot to offer us, as they are a good gift from God. God calls us to love our neighbors, even if we do not always get to share the gospel. It is vital that we are a good friend first before extending an invitation to church.
  3. CROSS POLLINATE
    God has richly blessed us with church family to partner with us as we share the gospel. Seek out ways to introduce those you invite to others at church. For example, try a new restaurant together or take your kids on a play date. By connecting your unchurched friends to those inside the church, or cross pollinating, when your invited friends come to church they will see a sea of familiar faces and feel more at home.
  4. TALK ABOUT CHURCH
    Many of our friends have skewed ideas about church or just have no idea of what going to church entails. The more we talk about church; the more we help demystify church and break down misconceptions. Help those you know see that church is about getting to know God and his people, not rules and tradition. Talk about the benefits of belonging to a church and share about the exciting ministries you are a part of.
  5. SIMPLY INVITE
    Questions such as, ‘Hey, what are you doing Sunday morning, want to come along to church with me?’ or “There is a men’s meet night coming up at my church, want to come along?” are all it takes to extend an invitation to church. If they say no, do not become discouraged, as it may take multiple invites before they come. Continue to be their friend and wait for other opportunities to arise. When the timing is right, ask them again.

Utilizing these tips are just a few of the ways to extend that important invitation to church. Additionally, be sure to be welcoming when others bring their unchurched friends, a smile and warm hug go a long way.