This past June, my son turned four. We had a birthday party for him and invited all of his friends (well maybe not all, but a lot) to his party. I cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage on the grill, and the kids were playing games and having a really good time.
We had the party on a Saturday afternoon, which seems to be a normal time to have a birthday party for kids. Funny thing is, the following Saturday my son did not have any of his friends come to the house. There were no grilling and no presents. No cake and ice cream. Nothing. Why not?
Well the reason is really simple when you think about it. Nobody was invited! I did not send out invitations, announcements or make phone call invitations. Simply put, his friends were not invited back.
Which brings me to this month’s lesson. How often are you inviting people in your community to church? And for those you do invite, do you follow up with them on a regular basis to continue to invite them back?
Think about that from your visitor’s stand point. If they get invited to church, but they never get invited back, they may be hurt by that. Have a system in place where every visitor gets contacted after they attend services with you. But don’t just contact them after the first visit, contact them after the second and third. You’ll be amazed, and so will your visitors.
Maybe in the coming months, you can host an “invite a friend drive” in your church. Don’t forget, we are not saved to sit, we are saved to serve. Let us all be great servants of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.