Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Church

August 29, 2014
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Podcast Episode #069


We cover a recent post here at the blog written by Chuck Lawless on why church members don’t invite others to church. Some highlights from the podcast include:

  • We have to keep an awareness before our church members that they need to invite others to church.
  • Don’t be afraid of rejection. Celebrate those who accept your invitation.
  • Don’t be reluctant to invite others because your church isn’t perfect. No church is.
  • Pastors: when is the last time you instructed your congregation to invite others to church?
  • Don’t discount the potential success you can have with a “Friend Day.”
  • God uses us as His instruments to invite.
  • We often use excuses and rationalizations to mask our disobedience to the Great Commission.
  • Redundantly remind church members to invite others.

Here are the ten reasons church members don’t invite others to church:

  1. “I just don’t think about it.”
  2. “I’m afraid I’ll be rejected.”
  3. “The music isn’t that good.”
  4. “The preaching isn’t strong.”
  5. “We’ve got too many church problems right now.”
  6. “Our church is already too crowded.”
  7. “Nobody ever challenged me to invite anyone.”
  8. “I don’t know how to start the conversation.”
  9. “It’s the Spirit’s job—not mine—to bring people to church.”
  10. “It’s too far for people to come.”

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