8 Simple Ways to Spread the Word This Weekend 

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I get excited about coming to church each week! I love the chance to get together in fellowship, to sing about God’s goodness, and to learn from God’s Word. I love to connect with friends–and meet new ones. I also love the thought that God is going to do something in our midst.

As we gather this weekend, we gather believing that God is working in our lives–and in the lives of people around us. His ultimate goal is to make us more like Him. That’s what our current series, “How to Be a Superhero, but lose the Mask” is all about. It’s also a chance for us to tell others about what God is doing and invite them to be a part of Grain Valley First. Our ultimate goal is to see God’s kingdom grow.

Here’s a great list of ways to invite people to come and join us (Courtesy of Chuck Lawless):

  1. Pray for a larger number of people to hear the gospel. Too often, we don’t ask God to bring people unless we’re suddenly worried about attendance or dollars. Pray diligently instead for people to come to hear the gospel.

  2. Call at least three regular attenders today and tomorrow, and let them know you’re looking forward to seeing them. Even for regular attenders, an encouraging word makes it more likely they’ll be there. If many members in your church make that simple call, your numbers may increase.

  3. Call at least two former attenders today or tomorrow, and let them know you’ve missed them. You never know who might respond to that call positively. Hint: be sure to use the phone. Voices speak more loudly than emails to regular or former attenders.

  4. Pick up somebody who can’t come without transportation. That might be a neighborhood child, a senior citizen who doesn’t drive, a physically challenged person, or a nursing home resident. An invitation might be both a surprise and a blessing.

  5. Send an email invite to your friends who don’t attend church. An email is less personal, but more efficient. You might have a friend whose life is suddenly difficult – and even your email is a challenge to find his or her answer in God.

  6. Tweet or FB your excitement about your church. If your excitement is genuine, it can be infectious. Link to your church’s website, and let the world know what God’s doing there.

  7. At work or school, quietly brag a bit about what God is doing in your congregation. Somebody might actually be listening and then express interest in your church.

  8. Talk to unchurched family members about your bringing their children to church with you this week. Ideally, you want their whole family to come . . . but children are a start. Be sure to emphasize what your church offers for little ones.

This list was copied from Chuck Lawless, Dean and Vice-President of Graduate Studies and Ministry Centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he also serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions.

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