Why Don’t Church Members Invite Their Friends Anymore?

Episode #833
December 26, 2023
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About 80% of your neighbors are receptive to an invitation to church. At best, most churchgoers invite someone once or twice a year. Almost a third of churchgoers never invite anyone. Inviting someone to a worship service or church event is not evangelism, but this invitation is a significant first step to cultural change in your church. What happened to the culture of invitation? Thom and Sam discuss their thoughts on this week’s episode.

    • The cancellation of outreach programs 30 years ago.
    • The lack of new equipping mechanisms in the church.
    • Many churches have lived off the remnants of cultural Christianity for the last three decades.
    • Transfer growth is more common than other forms of growth.
    • An increasingly polarized and insular society.


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