A Culture of Invitation: Let's Invite People to Easter
How do we invite our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family to Easter? How do we grow our "culture of invitation" at Harvest? Why is Easter a great time to invite others to attend a worship service? Read this blog post by Pastor Nate as he explores thoughts and practical ideas for why invitation matters and how to invite someone to Easter.
Let's Invite People to Easter
Easter is always an exciting season for Christians as we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of our Savior together. Easter provides a great opportunity to invite people to attend worship services with us. A surprising number of people are willing to attend church services if someone invites them.
This last Tuesday night, a couple of small groups got together to hand out Easter invites for Harvest in surrounding neighborhoods. We came upon many people who were kind and willing to talk to us. One guy even mentioned that he has been looking for a local church and he appreciated the invite. People are often more open to attending services around the Easter and Christmas holidays. As believers, let’s encourage this willingness and invite people as we celebrate our risen Savior.
Who should I invite? When should I invite someone? How should I invite them?
Inviting people to worship services with us can be difficult and tricky, especially when it’s not as natural for us or when we unnecessarily complicate it. Here are some things to consider that can help to eliminate uncomfortableness and unnecessary complication when inviting people:
PRAY FOR OPPORTUNITIES
Start by getting on your knees and asking God to bring people into your life today that don’t know Him as Savior. Ask Him to give you the courage and clarity to share the gospel with someone and invite him/her to attend services with you on Easter.
Start by inviting those that you already know (i.e. friends, family, classmates, co-workers). We don’t have to look very far to find people who aren’t in relationship with Jesus or part of a church community. Having an existing relationship with someone assists in conversation starters and allows for easier follow-up.
LOOK FOR PEOPLE
Every day we pass by dozens of people in our community who we could tell about Jesus and invite to church. Ask the Lord to give you eyes to see and care for people who are shopping next to you, serving your meal, fixing your water heater or living next door.
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND USE TOOLS
It can be hard to start conversations with people and invite them. Don’t overcomplicate the conversation. Simply say, “If you aren’t planning on attending a church on Easter, we would love to have you.” Thankfully, this Easter we have tools to use to invite people to come and celebrate Easter with us. If the cat gets your tongue, smile and hand them the Harvest invite cards! Or share a social media post with neighbors, friends and family. Keep it simple and use the tools at your disposal.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
If it’s appropriate, share why you love Harvest Bible Chapel and how the Lord has used this faith family to draw you deeper into relationship with Him. Tell them what service you attend and then offer them a ride.
PRAY AND TRUST
Pray that they would receive the invitation well. Pray that they would attend. Pray that the Lord will begin a work in them. Pray for continued opportunities to share the gospel and invite them. Trust the Lord with the results.
Inviting someone to a worship service can be a great first step toward developing relationships and sharing the gospel. Consider these tips when inviting people to our worship services. We can’t wait to celebrate our risen Savior with you this Easter!