You plan for the most fantastic Christmas events at your church and the communications here will motivate your congregation to reach out and invite friends and the people they interact with to attend.
This church communication, which can take the form of a printed flyer or bulletin insert or text for a newsletter or email, is a reminder that:
- Life is scary
- People are lonely
- Everyone needs a purpose
- We're all going to live forever—with a clear message that what we decide about Jesus matters in our personal eternal destiny
The format you get out the message in, digital or on paper isn't important the most important thing. What is most important is that you motivate your congregation to make the most of this opportunity.
Having just said the format isn't the most important, one encouragement to PRINT this piece is that you could make it a bulletin insert and during the service have people take it out because on the back side of the motivational material is a place for a PRAYER LIST for people to list those they want to invite. Take a minute to have people write down, while there in the church service, one or two names of people they want to invite. Tell them to take the list home and either post it on the refrigerator or put in it their Bible where they will be continuously reminded of it.
To emphasize the importance of this, you could later send out an email with the same text reminding them to keep praying and inviting. By using both the print AND digital channel you have a much greater chance that your people will take this challenge seriously and follow through on it.
We must take this opportunity seriously
Christmas and other seasonal events give us the opportunity to invite people who would never come to a Sunday service as their first introduction to the church. This is an opportunity that only comes a few times a year and you need to make your people aware of how important it is that they invite friends and the people they interact with (barista at Starbucks, bank teller, people they work with). Their invitation and personal follow-up could literally make the difference in the eternity of someone.
Below are pictures of 4 variations of the flyer. Below them is a ZIP file for Effective Church Communication Members that has ready-to-print PDFs, editable MS Publisher files, images of all the flyers AND an MS Word document of the text for you to use in any form you want. To see a larger slide show of the images, just click on the first slide and scroll through.
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CLICK on the link that follows to download the ZIP file: 2016-why-invite