Monday, October 11, 2010

40 Ideas for Inviting Someone to Church!

Hey RRBCers...below are 40 IDEAS FOR INVITING SOMEONE TO CHURCH...some are real basic, and some are pretty wild...but, here's the deal: PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO ATTEND CHURCH IF YOU INVITE THEM...Take the challenge to make ONE of these ideas a reality and then let us know how it goes. Here's the list:

  • Grill out for the employees of a company or business.
  • Set up our party trailer, which comes with a grill, moonwalk, helium tank and balloons, video games, chairs, etc. at any community events. \
  • Dress up like a Star Wars character wherever there are people and take pictures with kids and families. Give them a special invite card with the location they can download the picture. You will have a blast and invite a bunch of people to church.
  • Tailgate at high school football games. Give away hot dogs and invite people.
  • Set up a moonwalk at a local park while events are happening.
  • Volunteer at community runs and bike races
  • Hand out coffee or hot chocolate at the First Friday events in downtown Wilson
  • Give out hand warmers with the RRBC logo at winter events
  • Do a free oil change or car inspection in the House of Rock parking lot
  • Show UFC fights on Saturday night at the House of Rock
  • Host a block party for your neighborhood. Again, the party trailer is available.
  • Provide “full service” at a local gas station – wash windows and leave a car freshener
  • Show free family movies at the House of Rock on Friday nights
  • Help local schools with their fall festivals. Instead of re-creating the wheel, just help a school make their event better.
  • Take professional pictures at local school talent shows
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Take a couple of hours and put out door hangers in your neighborhood or apartment complex.
  • Go put invite cards on car windshields. Try not to get arrested…that keeps it fun!
  • Be intentional about coaching a kids sports team.
  • You and your kids set up a lemonade stand.
  • Have a free garage sale…give away things and invite people to church
  • Do a free car wash
  • Walk around a neighborhood and collect canned food. Invite people to church while asking for food.
  • Hand out helium balloons at special events
  • Get a truck, ladder and a bunch of light bulbs and walk around and ask people if they need light bulbs changed.
  • Set up a bounce house at the movie theater when a big kids movie premiers. Or in front of another store. Managers are often open to anything that draws attention to their store.
  • Put out road signs on the weekend (did you know some churches report that nearly 15% of people who attend church for the first time do so because they saw a road sign?)
  • Put a giant leaf sign in the back of your truck. Politicians do it – our cause is way more important!
  • Give away silly bandz anywhere there are kids.
  • Enter a float in a parades. Walk along side it and give away candy and invites.
  • Take breakfast to school teachers. Simply email the principal and ask if you can do it, set a day, and make it happen.
  • Get a backpack sprayer and offer to spray weeks around your neighbor's homes. Sounds strange, but it may give you an opportunity to invite them to church!
  • Salt driveways when it ices during the winter.
  • Help with field days at a local elementary school. What school wouldn’t appreciate volunteers?
  • Take food to fire stations. Let them know you appreciate them and that they are always welcome at your church.
  • Valet cars when a school has an open house.
  • Provide childcare for high school graduations.
  • Cook team meals before home games at local sporting events
  • Pass out candy and invites at your own house on Halloween, or invite your unchurched friends to Raleigh Road for the Fall Family Fellowship.
  • Enter a team in a BBQ or Chili contest. Give everyone a card inviting them to church with the food you make.
  • Better yet…come up with your own idea, get your friends or group involved, and make it happen. Let us know how we can help.

Thanks to Eddie Pullen, IBSA Church Planting Strategist for making me aware of this list!

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