Outreach Tip of the Week: Easter coming!

Every year there are days on the calendar that still lend themselves to evangelism and invitation of unchurched and unsaved people.   The top two of those days on the calendar are Easter and Christmas.  This year we really want to leverage the Easter holiday to reach as many people as possible.  Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research said this about the power of an invitation:

“A few years ago LifeWay Research conducted a survey of 15,000 adults for the North American Mission Board to try to determine which of 13 approaches is the best-received when a church wants to be heard. The research showed us that best-received means of seeing new people walk into one’s church is, well, a personal invitation.  67% of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church.  63% of Americans say a personal invitation from a friend or neighbor would be very or somewhat effective in getting them to visit a church.  63% of Americans are very or somewhat willing to receive information about a local congregation or faith community from a family member.  56% of Americans are very or somewhat willing to receive information about a local congregation or faith community from a friend or neighbor.”

Did you catch that?!  People will respond to an invitation, and we can share the gospel with them on Easter in a powerful way.

That’s why today I want to introduce our leaders to an Easter Outreach initiative titled “21 Days of Prayer and Invitation”.

Here is our plan in a nutshell:

  • On the 3 Sundays between the end of our missions conference and Easter, Pastor Frazier is going to speaking on evangelism in our morning services to help touch the hearts of our people concerning the lost and unchurched in our area.  As part of the application of this series he will introduce the idea of “21 days of Prayer and Invitation” to our church family.  The 21 Days will be from March 26- April 15 (the Saturday before Easter).
  • There will be packets of invitations that have 21 invitations per packet available on March 26. The front of the invitations will look like the graphic at the top of this article.
  • With each packet there will be one card that isn’t meant to be handed out, but kept by everyone taking the 21 Day Challenge.  On the back of this “21 Days” card is a place to write down the names of those who each person will invite, and those that they have invited.  We are asking our church family to invite 21 people and to pray for 21 days that God would use them to bring the unsaved and unchurched to our Easter services.

The 21 Days card looks like this:

Front:

Back:

Please begin to pray now for a few things:

  • Pray about your level of participation in this initiative.  Who can you pray for and invite?
  • Pray for the people in your influence.  How can you help people in your class get excited about this initiative?
  • Pray for our pastor as he prepares for these next few weeks.
  • Pray that people in our church will get excited and respond to the challenge to pray and to invite.

Evangelism isn’t always easy but it is simple.  Talk to God about people, and talk to people about God.

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