Want some simple ways to increase your church’s attendance this weekend? Consider these possibilities:
- Make sure you’re there. If you and your family are present, that commitment might itself increase the attendance.
- Pray for a larger number of people to hear the gospel. Too often, we don’t ask God to bring people unless we’re suddenly worried about attendance or dollars. Pray diligently instead for people to come to hear the gospel.
- Call at least three regular attenders today and tomorrow, and let them know you’re looking forward to seeing them. Even for regular attenders, an encouraging word makes it more likely they’ll be there. If many members in your church make that simple call, your numbers may increase.
- Call at least two former attenders today or tomorrow, and let them know you’ve missed them. You never know who might respond to that call positively. Hint: be sure to use the phone. Voices speak more loudly than emails to regular or former attenders.
- Pick up somebody who can’t come without transportation. That might be a neighborhood child, a senior citizen who doesn’t drive, a physically challenged person, or a nursing home resident. An invitation might be both a surprise and a blessing.
- Send an email invite to your friends who don’t attend church. An email is less personal, but more efficient. You might have a friend whose life is suddenly difficult – and even your email is a challenge to find his or her answer in God.
- Tweet your excitement about your church. If your excitement is genuine, it can be infectious. Link to your church’s website, and let the world know what God’s doing there.
- At work or school, quietly brag a bit about what God is doing in your congregation. Somebody might actually be listening and then express interest in your church.
- Invite your neighbors to church, followed by lunch at a restaurant. Make a day of it, and some folks might be interested.
- Talk to unchurched family members about your bringing their children to church with you this week. Ideally, you want their whole family to come . . . but children are a start. Be sure to emphasize what your church offers for little ones.
We have two days left before most congregations gather. What simple ways would you add to this list?