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How Events Help People Share the Mission

Written by Ed Stetzer on . Posted in Ed Stetzer

Christians learn how to invite others to Christ when event invitations are a pattern.

One of the tools we can use for training people to get comfortable talking with others, inviting them to our weekend worship gatherings, and eventually sharing their faith, is through special events. Special events can include the more popular ones like Easter and Christmas, but also can include Parent/Child Dedications, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and the beginning of a new sermon series.

There are at least three reasons why special events can help people move toward become comfortable sharing their faith.

Special events provide a natural opportunity to invite.

The “salesman” approach to evangelism or inviting someone to church is rejected by many believers and unbelievers alike. Such “cold call” presentations seem fake, insincere, and rehearsed. However, a special event can provide a natural way for people to invite their friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. Given that special events can provide a natural opportunity to invite others, churches should take advantage of special events by offering invitation tools for their people to use.

For example: a church beginning a series on “Making Sense of Our Decisions” can create materials to promote the series topic and main idea. As people naturally engage others in their day-to-day life, they will encounter friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors who are in the middle of making some pretty important decisions. When important decisions arise in conversation, church members can give the promotional materials, inviting them to the new series on decision-making.

If people can learn how to naturally invite others to special events, and are intentional about making sure they attend, eventually those believers can learn how to naturally ...

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