Five Reasons Why Christmas is the Perfect Time to Invite Others to Church
Posted Dec 15, 2016 by Kris Eldridge in Missions
If you are anything like me and my family, the month of December is absolutely crazy! Our schedule has been crowded with Christmas gatherings, Christmas shopping, decorating, making Christmas candy, working on various Christmas initiatives at church, helping our kids finish out the school semester on a positive note, and so on.
With all this busyness it is really easy to miss the most important things of the Christmas season; focusing on and worshipping Jesus, spending quality time with loved ones, and serving/telling others about Jesus. One great way of sharing Jesus with others this Christmas is to invite them to church.
Five reasons why Christmas is the perfect time to invite others to church:
1. We have biblical examples of the invitational style
Read about the woman at the well in John chapter 4. After meeting and spending time with Jesus, her response was to go back to her town and say to people, “come, see a man who told me all that I ever did…they (then) went out of the town and were coming to him” (vs. 29-30). The woman at the well is just one among many examples where Christ-followers invited others to “come and see.”
2. People are waiting to be invited
Several years ago, Lifeway Research did a survey of 15,000 people across the U.S., to determine which of 13 approaches would be the best-received when a church wanted to be known in the community. The research showed that the best-received means of seeing new people come to church was a personal invitation from a friend/family member. Part of their research found that “67% of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church.” Not only are our friends and family waiting to be invited, odds are that they will say “yes.”
3. People will do things at Christmas that they normally wouldn’t do
For whatever reason, people do things during the month of December that they will not do the rest of the year. For instance, folks who are tight with their finances are more open with them during the holidays and will give to charities, etc. Family members we don’t see throughout the year (or care to see for that matter) we will spend time with at a meal. Even my eight year old who is extremely picky about his food and hates change will try new things. Christmas brings an openness that normally isn’t there.
4. People are looking for hope, joy, and peace
Life is hard. People are hurting, and hurt is exacerbated during the holidays. People all around us have experienced the death of loved ones, divorce, single-parenthood, illness/disease, prodigal children, and the list goes on. People want something to cling to which will bring hope, joy, and peace. It is interesting that at the birth of our Savior, the angels first appeared to a community (the shepherds) that were among the most rejected and looked down upon in the culture. They probably needed more than most to hear the good news. This Christmas, we have the opportunity to introduce those who are hurting to the same Savior.
5. People are attracted to true community
Our culture is probably more connected than it ever has been through technology and social media. Social media has been a great thing in that it has allowed us to keep up with where and what others are doing. The down-side of technology and social media, however, is that we have replaced real community and real face-to-face social connections with a screen. I believe the result has been an increase in loneliness and isolation. Can we truly have intimacy with information alone? The Church has true community that is different and attractive to a culture that has lost its sense of community.
Whether a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor comes to church out of a search for community, a willingness to try something new, a desperation for good news, or simply because they were invited, it could be your invitation that leads that same person to meet Jesus! What about you? Who do you plan to invite to church this Christmas?
Community Outreach Pastor
Fellowship Bible Church