There are so many people in society both young and old who would tell you, “I used to go to church…”. With 319 million people in America, a vast majority identify themselves as Christians. Yet, we find that only 20% of the populace attend church regularly. It becomes apparent then, that millions of people attended church at one time, but no longer attend on a consistent basis.
If given the right opportunity and a good cause, it seems plausible that most would return to church to give it another try. Both Barna research and Lifeway research were clear in their conclusions that 82% of those who used to attend church would be somewhat likely to attend if they were invited. Too, 25% said they would be very likely to attend if a friend would take the time to invite them. Think about it. One out of four people would come if you and I invite them. I wonder why it is then, that only 2% of church members invite someone to attend church with them.
There is power in the invitation, Jesus invited a tax collector, fishermen, a doctor, and others to “come, follow me”. It was a simple invitation, but it had eternal results. I encourage you to invite others back to church this next Sunday!
Think about it...