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The 82% of the 92%

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92% of our neighbors, coworkers and people all around us are disconnected from a relationship with God. Many of them have simply decided that church isn’t relevant to their life or they have more important things to do with their time.

When we show up to something like Easter and see a ton of people we assume that we’re reaching new people. But unless we’re inviting the 92% we may just be shuffling the deck of Christians that come to church infrequently. God longs to connect with people that are far from Him, it’s why He sent Jesus.

God spoke through His prophet Ezekiel to say that very thing, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ez.36:26).” There is no one so far gone that God can’t soften their heart and change them from the inside out.

And actually—it may be way easier than you think. Did you know that 82% of people who identify as “unchurched” say they would be “somewhat likely” to attend church if someone just invited them?! That’s amazing.

We think it’s going to be so difficult and we allow our fear to paralyze us against the backdrop of something like an invitation to easter but more than eight in ten people you ask are at least “somewhat likely” to come. There are very few risks we take in our life that have that good a chance of success and the stakes of this invite could be eternal.

The power of invitation has personally changed my life many times. I had a friend from my neighborhood invite me to his Cub Scout troop when I was a little boy and it eventually led to new leadership skills, an Eagle Scout rank, and a medal of heroism (but who’s keeping track?).

God used that invitation to shape me; and God wants to use your invitation to shape the future of people so close to you but so far from God this Easter. So invite someone. You’ve got great odds ;).

Posted by Phil EuBank with
Tags: easter, invite

Who Would Ask That?

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“How much does it cost to check my kids in on a weekend?”

“Where do I schedule an appointment to come to your services?”

“Who’s allowed to come to your church?”

I think I find myself assuming that people understand what church is like and how to engage in weekend experiences for themselves and for their family. I make the assumption that if they’re not here it’s because they’ve considered it with the right information and decided it wasn’t for them. My expectation, if I don’t challenge it, is that an invitation from me really doesn’t make a difference. Those assumptions are wrong.

The questions above were asked by real people who live unbelievably close to us and are far from God. The assumptions we make about their understanding are often way too high given their lack of experience with church. Many of the people we interact with are brilliant and insightful but they just don’t go to church and we think they know what we know about church. They just don’t.

Around Easter a lot of people are hoping to go to church but they need some help to know where it’s safe to go and what it means to participate in something for that day. More than that, they want to know if there are people they know that can help them understand how it all works and to invite them into a connection with God beyond that one day.

Here’s where we come in. We get to care about the people that are close to us but far from God enough to share an invitation to church.

As Easter approaches, are you willing to change your schedule and habits to invite a coworker, neighbor or family member to experience Easter in a new way? They may have left church a long time ago or never gone at all but you could be the reason they give God another chance this Easter.

You could be the spark in their life that God uses to change the rest of their life and eternity—with an invitation and willingness to answer any question they have. I’m praying God puts a hunger in you to do just that this spring.

Posted by Phil EuBank with
Tags: easter, invite