Bring One Friend - 3rd challenge
The third challenge is to actually make that invitation.
In this week’s reflection, Bishop Paul examined some of the factors that prevent us from actually inviting our friends to a service or event this Advent or Christmas. He reminded us that having those fears and doubts is not sinful but is a natural part of the process. And he encouraged us to take that step and actually make that invitation.
So now you have thought and prayed about the people you wish to invite alongside what you want to invite them to. It’s time to make that invitation.
So your three-step challenge this week is
Step One: Make your decision. Decide who you are going to invite and what you will invite them to. Get all the details of the service or event together so that you can answer all questions.
Step Two: Go and invite them. It is best to do this in person. By speaking face to face, you will show your friend that you really care about them coming. By all means, take information to leave with them but make the face to face invitation.
Step Three: Give them time to think about the invite and whether they want to accept it. Don’t put them under pressure but remember to be reasonably persistent and follow up on your invite.
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 the Bishop reflects on what next now you have invited your friend.
And don't forget to pray for your friend
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 - 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 1
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
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 0