Inviting Suburban People to Church
A few years ago, pastor and author Tim Keller wrote a guide for evangelism through “networking”. He makes the argument that traditional methods of evangelism (programmatic, friendship) don’t seem to work in modern, secular communities. People will not listen to the gospel from strangers who invade their personal space. But skeptics and other nonbelievers will engage with the gospel in real life through the means of preaching, small groups, and casual conversation. This means we must become a networking church. Everyone is either a seeker or a bringer. This guide is to help you become a bringer!
In order to help you “network”, we have printed business card sized invitations to Christ Fellowship. The goal is not to hand the card to a random stranger, but to work it into a conversation you are already a part of. As you talk with new people (or old friends who don’t attend church), be intentional about bringing up your own experiences at Christ Fellowship. Use the card as a visual reminder to give the person as the conversation ends. Here are some possible talking points to help you get there:
“I really believe God is at work in my church.”
If you believe this, it may be the most important thing you can say. If you have seen God at work in some specific way, tell the story. Stories of God’s grace will get a person’s attention in any culture!
“I attend an intentionally diverse church.”
You may want to mention that this is not just a white and black thing. We want to be a church that represents all ethnicities in our community, as well as generations, social classes, and cultures.
“We want to reach people for Christ, and we believe we can do it better together.”
Diversity is not our ultimate goal. Making disciples is the mission of the church. We just believe that we will be more effective in doing this in Horn Lake if we are intentionally diverse.
“No one is comfortable, but everyone is welcome.”
Everyone who attends our church is giving up some cultural preferences. We are willing to sacrifice those things for the cross-cultural relationships.
“We won’t ambush you.”
Visitors will not be asked to stand or speak. We will not put you on the spot or pressure you to respond in any way.
“We aren’t there to help the pastor with his ministry. He is there to help us with ours!”
We are a church that loves to serve our community. The pastor’s job is to equip and empower us to serve in the ways we feel God calling us to serve.
“Come as you are.”
Dress however you want, as long as it is modest.