During my first weeks at Bethany I have received excellent suggestions for ministry. I am learning that members here share the same vision that I do for Bethany to grow. A church grows when people invite others to their church. But inviting folks to church is not in everyone's comfort zone. The following is a suggested format on how to reach new people to come to Bethany. This approach is non-invasive and usually brings a positive response.
First, pray for God to prepare the person's heart in advance of your greeting. Also, ask God to give you a spirit of peace and calm in your approach. When you feel ready simply ask them, "What church do you attend?" If they name a place, then tell them, "that's great, I go to Bethany." If instead the person replies, "I went as a kid, but haven't attended for a long time." Then ask them, "What did you like about your experience?" If they offer any positive reflections you can use that as a connection with Bethany by saying, "Well I attend Bethany and the people there are really nice and friendly! Would you be open to going with me sometime?" If they hesitate relieve the awkward silence by saying,"You don't have to decide right now, I can get back to you anytime." If they are receptive to your invitation but are curious to hear more about Bethany tell them the good things of who we are that you think would matter to them. For example, if they have a young family you can tell them about the wonderful young families we have and that there is a Sunday school, a youth director, and children's sermons during worship. If they are retired or elderly you can tell them about our new game day, the visitation ministry of our elder members and how much a sense of family we have with each other.
If they have a passion for service to others you can tell them about our human concerns ministry, supporting the food bank, and outreach that you are involved in. It is also helpful to ask them the types of service they like to do. If they are into spiritual growth tell them about our bible study and future new programs promoting spiritual development.
One of the blessings that comes from inviting people to Bethany is how good you feel when you do it. Nearly everyone is hungering for positive encounters. They are also longing to be cared about. By inviting people to Bethany you are sharing God's compassion for people. Everyone who experiences Bethany knows what a God-filled place this is.
Finally, please share with me your experience in reaching out. My heart fills with Godly joy in hearing people connecting with Christ.