In this age where we don’t want to offend anyone, the church has taken a back-off stance. But they’ve taken it too far.
Quite a few times I’ve been asked about my kids from people in churches we have visited. I have told them to contact my girls. Develop a relationship with them. Give them a reason to want to come to your church. Have any of them done this? No. Not one. Not even one text message.
If you’re a church person, and you want people to come to your church … here’s what you do not want to do:
~ Do NOT try to build a relationship with that person.
~ Do NOT try to contact them in any form.
~ Expect them to always want to come to you regardless of how you treat them.
~ Think that making the services more Relevant is more important that making an effort to build a relationship with them.
~ Believe that your church is so good that no effort is necessary, that people should want to come to your church simply because it’s just that good.
Having a Bible teaching church is priority. I don’t think there are many of them around anymore, but I could be wrong because I haven’t been to them all. Next to that, it’s the relationship. I’m not talking going all BFF crazy with every person who walks in the door of your church. I’m simply talking about the basics. Just sending a letter or note when they visit, sending a text message every several weeks or months ~ that’s almost disrespectful, dutiful. And if you’re not willing to put forth any effort, then don’t ask what you can do to encourage someone to come to your church.