What’s the Best Way to Invite People to Your Church?

Ed Stetzer writes about some research done by Lifeway Research and the North American Mission Board, where they surveyed over 15,000 people about their receptivity to evangelistic contacts and outreach from a church.  The most effective method was a personal invitation from a family member or friend.  Less effective were outdoor billboards and newspaper/magazine ads.  And the least effective method?  It will probably be no surprise, but you can find out by reading the article here.

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Should You Invite Jesus Into Your Heart?

In a thought-provoking article at Christian Communicators Worldwide, Jim Elliff examines the standard interpretation and application of John 1:12 as it’s often used in evangelism, and calls for a more biblical approach focused on belief and it’s evidences, rather than “asking Jesus into your heart”.  Referring to most evangelistic tracts, he says:

” . . . the booklets give you verse after verse about belief, and then, at the end of the presentation, make a bee-line to John 1:12 and Revelation 3:20, wrongly interpreted. They finalize the deal with a formulaic prayer. Don’t follow that pattern any longer. It is enough to instruct people to believe in Christ, with a sound repenting faith.”

Click here to read the entire article.