3 Ways to Invite People to Church

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The Bible tells us that we are to make disciples of all nations, but how are we to do that when uttering a simple invite to church causes our palms to get sweaty, sends our hearts beating out of our chests, and causes our mouths to feel like the Sahara Desert during dry season?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Most people have no problem inviting family, friends, and neighbors to social gatherings, but we choke when it comes to inviting them to a church service. Why is that? Fear of rejection? Fear of judgement? Maybe a little of both? We put so much pressure on ourselves to try to take the right approach, at the right time, with the right people, while in the right surroundings. We try to be formal with people we are normally very informal with. We need to approach people about going to church with us the same way we approach them about coming over for a BBQ. Lose the formalities!

It doesn't really matter how someone ends up at church, as long as church is where they end up! That being said, here are three ways to invite people to church without sending yourself into a nervous breakdown in the process!

Food Bribery

It’s very easy for most people to invite friends and family over for a BBQ, right? What better incentive to join someone for church service than the promise of lunch (savory meats sizzling on the grill) afterwards? Let’s be real, there are jokes about the Baptists beating the Methodists (or insert any denomination you’d like) to the local restaurants after church for a reason. Church services end around lunchtime. We go to church, then we eat. Simple as that! So, here’s an idea: Invite your friends to church service and then to join you for a BBQ afterwards. BE INFORMAL! “Hey, why don’t you come to church with us tomorrow morning? After service we’ll come back to our house and throw some burgers on the grill for lunch!” Some might call that form of invitation “food bribery,” and I’m okay with that. Whatever works!

Share Special Occasions

If church service isn’t the route you want to take for a first time invite there are plenty of other options you can choose from in order to get your friends to walk through the church doors for an initial visit. Is there a special event happening soon? Maybe your spouse is getting baptized or your child just got a part in the annual Christmas skit? Perhaps a concert, festival or seasonal celebration is coming up? Perfect! These special occasions are the perfect way to introduce your friends to church life outside of Sunday morning services. If you can get them to visit during one of these occasions, the next natural step will be inviting them to church on Sunday.

Mix It Up!

Don’t be afraid to bring your church and non-church friends together. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of non-church friends being uncomfortable going to a service because they don’t know anyone else except you! Maybe you and your church friends participate in things such as supper clubs, or meet ups for movie nights or monthly lunches. Maybe everyone is getting together for a Christmas wrapping party or cookie exchange during the holidays? Invite your non-church friends to to join you! Introduce both sets of friends, and once everyone starts getting to know each other your non-church friends will be more likely to accept an invitation to a church service because the ice will have already been broken. Easy peasy!

The point is, inviting your friends to church can be a natural extension of your relationship with them. So go out there and see who wants to come to church with you!

The Ignition Banquet Kicks Off On The Road

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On Friday, February 18, over 400 people gathered at the Ignition Banquet in the Worship Center that was transformed into a banquet hall to launch our On The Road capital campaign.

The evening was filled with fun, food, games and great conversation. A meal of salad, rice, chicken and green beans was expertly served by the boys and girls of Club 56 who generously volunteered their time to serve the food and bus the tables.


Pastor John and Bonni Mace hosted a fun game based on The Price is Right where in two rounds five contestants bid on the cost of various items on the Severn Run budget. People were amazed that the yearly toilet paper budget was under $500. Lee Nicholas won the game’s showcase by correctly guessing the monthly budget for the building’s mortgage.

Although the evening was wrought with fun and games and ended with a great time of worship led by the Worship Tribe, the purpose of the evening was to share the vision for the Future of Severn Run.

It is not enough to just be a church; there is a larger purpose—to creatively reveal the love of the Father through the life of the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit to our community until everyone has heard the message of God’s love.

And in order to grow our church community from 1200 to 5000+ disciples, we must first share about Jesus. Second, we must have the kind of space that allows all of those people to have a place to worship, serve and grow. And this is what On The Road is about—to gather the resources to expand ministry and friendships, and to create environments to make room for everyone.

This campaign isn’t just about a building—we are each challenged to give all we can so God can use our investment to reduce our current mortgage, increase our missions and other partnership involvement, reach more people in our community, and plan for future expansion.

There are four specific ways you can get On The Road: Give, Serve, Ask and Pray. When you give an offering (beyond your tithe) designated to On The Road each month for the next two years, you help us get closer to implementing the vision God has given. When you serve by helping with events, or by joining other areas of the On The Road Serve Team, you help make the journey a success. By asking others to help, or inviting them to be a part of Severn Run, you can help others experience the blessing of extravagant giving. And when you pray, you help fuel the journey and guard against mishaps. 

And so we ask that you prayerfully consider the role God has for you over the next two years that we are On The Road. Remember that even a small gift is not small at all when you put it into the hands of God.

Learn more about On The Road.

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