Bring One Friend - 2nd Challenge
Our second task in the Bring One Friend challenge asks you to consider the events or services you want to invite a friend to.
Know more about who you are going to invite?
In this week’s reflection, Bishop Paul talked about the need to think about the likes and dislikes of the people you are looking to bring to church. He spoke about when we recommend something – a film a meal out – we have a fear that our friend won’t have a good experience. That fear can prevent us from making the recommendation.
The bishop said that can also be a block to bringing people to church. So he suggested thinking and praying around the likes of the person you are looking to invite. He also recommended looking at what you can invite people to.
So your three-step challenge this week is
Step one: Think prayerfully about the people you have shortlisted. Work through the type of person they are, whether they like big noisy events or are more quiet and reflective. Think about the kind of things they find interesting, what they really get annoyed about. Try and build a picture in your mind about them. Or if it helps then write it down. Having a list of their likes and dislikes may be useful.
Step two: Research all the Christmas events happening at your church. Get as much detail as you can. You may want to consider other churches in your deanery – especially if you think your church might not offer what you think your friend would like. Again you may find it helpful to write this down
Step three: Put the two lists together so you can start to get a clear idea of who you are going to invite and what you will invite them to.
Remember to talk to the person who you said you would be accountable to and if you can do this in groups or as a church then that’s all the better.
Next week we will reflect on what you might want to invite your friend to and challenge you to think around that invitation.
A prayer for you to use
I pray for xx I pray that they may be open to an invitation to come to church. Please open their hearts to be receptive to your love for them. I pray that you may find me the right time to make that invitation. I ask this in Jesus’ name
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 - 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
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.Course 7 PartsTotal current bookmarks 1