Our Bring One Friend Challenge
This year we are challenging every member of every congregation to Bring One Friend to an advent, Christmas or epiphany service. This course helps you go step by step through the challenge as together we build a bigger church by bringing one friend.
Bring One Friend is a simple idea. As we ask God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference the Bring One Friend idea is an encouragement. It is an encouragement to all ages in all places to think around how we can start others on a discipleship journey.
Last year we encouraged you to bring one friend. This year we are putting more structure into this by guiding everyone through step by step. You will receive a Monday reflection from Bishop Paul and a Friday challenge to do. Through these, we will give you theological perspectives on inviting complemented by step by step actions to give you the confidence to invite a bring one friend to church.
If you are already signed up then you will automatically receive these emails but the more who take part the better this is. So instead of doing this on your own why not encourage all members of your worshipping community, house group, church, fellowship circle to sign up and you can do the challenge together.
We are also including Sunday schools in this and will have some material and challenges for our younger members.
As we do this challenge together we are reflecting on the parable of the lost sheep considering the efforts the farmer took to bring the lost sheep back and the delight he showed when he achieved this. It is that sense of persistent search and joy in achievement that we want as part of the Bring One Friend challenge so more can know the kingdom of God.
Over the five weeks, we look at why inviting people is important; who we ourselves can actually invite; we think about the type of service or event to invite a particular friend to; how to actually go about the invitation; and what to do when they accept.
We do this at this time of the year because we know the wider world are talking about Christmas. That gives us a chance to speak into a national conversation. We do this at this time of year because the national church put a great deal of effort into the FollowTheStar campaign which gives every church the opportunity to benefit from their efforts. We do it at this time of year because it’s the time when we have more services – crib, Christingle, carol services – to invite people to. We do it at this time of year so we can start people on a journey through Christmas to Easter and beyond.
The idea to Bring One Friend is a major way we hope to achieve our vision of seeing a bigger church making a bigger difference. The more we all get involved the more people we will see knowing Jesus?
Will you take up the challenge?
In this course
Bring One Friend - 1st reflection
Inviting people is both easy and terrifying. Easy because all we have to do is ask. Terrifying because we have a natural fear of rejection. So as we start to think about Bringing One Friend to a service or event this advent and Christmas we need to reflect on what is stopping us. Invitation is the royal road to church growth. Clever flyers, or videos, or talks on the radio – all these have their place, but research has shown that most people come to church, and then come to faith, because of a friend's invitation. In the first of his reflections, Bishop Paul looks at the power of invitation and tackles some of the fears that prevent us from making that invitation.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 2
Bring One Friend - 1st challenge
Our first challenge helps you think around who you are going to invite.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 0
Bring One Friend - 2nd reflection
Last week we began our “Bring One Friend Challenge”. In my first reflection, I considered the significance of you being someone who invites. Your friends and acquaintances trust you. They will seriously think about coming to church, and they will weigh the claims of the Lord Jesus if you ask them to. Because it’s you, they may come. And so I reflected on persistence in inviting, and my colleagues and I set a challenge for you, namely to consider whom to invite. But if you’ve done that, and you have a shortlist of people, what are you going to invite them to? This reflection helps you consider that.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 0
Bring One Friend - 3rd challenge
The third challenge is to actually make that invitation.ResourceTotal current bookmarks 0
Bring One Friend - 4th reflection
Bishop Paul offers his final reflection on the Bring One Friend challenge,ResourceTotal current bookmarks 0
Why do Christians ‘Tell’ people about Jesus?
As Christian disciple you will have experienced feeling what God can do for you and what God wants from you. As a disciple, you will want others to experience this. The best way for others to know Jesus and God is to tell them your story and invite them to find out more through coming to church. .Course 2 PartsTotal current bookmarks 5
Jonah Summer Reading Challenge
Join Bishop Paul in this year’s Summer Challenge reading the book of Jonah. Sign up to this course and you will receive weekly emails encouraging you to read sections of Jonah alongside the companion book - Journeying with Jonah: the struggle to find yourself’ by the Roman Catholic scholar Denis McBride. Find out more about the challenge and how you can get involved.Course 12 PartsTotal current bookmarks 22
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