Hello, dear members of the Black Mountain United Church of Christ,
If you're reading this, it's likely that you're passionate about our community and you're keen on extending the warmth, love, and fellowship we share to others. However, the task of inviting someone to church can seem daunting, if not a little intimidating. You're not alone - many people feel the same way.
The good news? Inviting someone to church doesn't have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are a few practical suggestions on how to approach it:
1. Choose wisely: Everyone is potentially a great invitee. However, focusing on people you already have a connection with can be a more comfortable starting point. These could be friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors. They're already familiar with you, and you with them, which makes for a more organic conversation.
2. Know your audience: Before extending an invitation, try to understand the other person's spiritual beliefs, interests, or needs. For instance, a friend grappling with grief might appreciate a supportive community, or a relative new to the area could be looking to make connections.
3. Practice empathy: Be mindful of your invitee's comfort level. Respect their religious or non-religious beliefs and ensure your invitation does not come across as forceful or intrusive.
Now, let's talk about how to start that conversation:
1. Find a natural segue: If the subject of faith, community, or church comes up in a casual conversation, that could be an opportune time to mention your church and extend an invitation.
2. Share your experience: Talk about why you love our church community and how it's helped you. Personal stories resonate, and you're more likely to spark interest this way. For instance, you could say, "I've been attending the Black Mountain United Church, and it's been such a source of strength and community for me. I think you might enjoy it as well."
3. Involve them in a church event: Instead of directly inviting them to a service, invite them to a non-religious event your church is hosting. It could be a community service project, a book club, or a potluck dinner. This will give them an opportunity to experience the community and decide if they'd like to explore further.
4. Use social media: If face-to-face invitations feel daunting, consider sharing your church experience on social media. A picture from a recent event or a quote from last Sunday’s sermon could pique someone’s interest.
5. Follow up, but don't push: After extending an invitation, give the person some time to consider it. Be open to answering any questions they may have about our church but refrain from pushing them to give you an answer.
Remember, the goal isn't to have a high 'success rate' of getting people to come to church. The true aim is to extend an open hand of friendship and love to those around us. Keep your intentions pure, stay patient, and you might be surprised by how many lives you touch.
Your role as a member of Black Mountain United Church of Christ extends beyond our weekly services. It’s about living our values and extending our spirit of community, one invitation at a time.