Posted: April 11, 2017 by Nate Ferguson, Lead Pastor
Last weekend we were honored to welcome well over 100 first time visitors. The majority of guests came with a friend who invited them.
Have you ever invited someone to come to church with you? I have and many have said no. But many have said YES! And when they say yes, it’s so much FUN!
One lady walked into church with 3 friends who were visiting for the first time and here’s what happened:
- Her smile as she entered the front doors was so big it almost didn’t fit on her face!
- She immediately walked over and got each of her friends a water bottle as a gift.
- Then she walked them down to Kid Village and helped them get their kids checked in.
- They sat in service together, and she had to let them know the pastor doesn’t always take a pie in the face, and the band is always that good!
- Then she made sure to introduce her friends to everyone she knew after service at the egg hunt and also while eating some food afterward.
Moments Matter! Invites Matter!
Walking in with your friends and helping them feel comfortable matters! It matters because when people hear about Jesus for the first time or for the first time in a while, everything changes! More specifically…Lives Change Forever!
I just got off the phone with my dad. He asked…
“How in the world are you going to follow up with all these visitors?”
Here’s my response..
“No worries dad. We got it covered. They all came with a friend and their friends will do the follow up. They will do a much better job than I ever could.”
So what? What does that mean for you? Why should you care? Here’s why…
One moment could change lives forever.
When your invitation is received, will you make sure to walk through the front door with your friends and make them feel comfortable and welcomed? Before service, will you help them get their kids checked in at Kid Village? During service, will you sit with them and help them feel comfortable? After service, will you make sure to introduce them to your friends and maybe someone on staff? The next week after they visit, would you be willing to just check in and see if they had any questions?
These moments make a difference for eternity.
These are the moments that we will look back on years from now and say…
“I’m so glad I took the time. Those moments mattered!”
Who might you invite to Easter services this week?