Mother’s Day is the 3rd most visited Sunday at most churches, but Father’s Day may be the most important (and underrated) one all year. Let me explain.
Think about the last time you felt like an ‘outsider,’ like you didn’t belong. How did you feel? It’s such an uncomfortable, awful feeling isn’t it? We would never want a guest to our church to feel that way! Unfortunately, many guests do feel like outsiders, and it’s because we’re unaware of what makes them feel that way. We, after all, are the ‘insiders’.
Mother’s Day is the third highest church attendance day of the year,
so the last thing you want to do this Sunday is alienate anyone unintentionally.
Throughout all of Christendom there has been a universal theme:
The harvest is plenty but the workers are few.
We know we want our churches to be healthy and experience growth. Sustained growth means we are consistently reaching new hearts for Christ! But with roughly 80% of US churches experiencing decline, what is keeping our churches from growing?
"You need to be able to build a relationship with them first, and oftentimes that happens before you introduce them to a relationship with Jesus. However if their visit isn’t stewarded well, you may not ever get that chance."
In Western culture, we all but worship having choices. The more choices, the better! But what if we’re wrong? And what if it’s actually limiting spiritual growth and involvement?
Confession time: my husband and I have a favorite guest speaker at our church. In fact, attendance is consistently higher when this pastor visits to preach! So a couple of years ago, we decided to visit his home church as a part of our anniversary date. And boy, were we surprised!
Once you have guests visiting your church the goal is to get them to stick around.
Your volunteers are part of creating a friendly welcoming atmosphere at your church.