INVEST & INVITE
"The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, 'Follow me.'... Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.' Nathanael said to him, 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?' Philip said to him, 'Come and see.'"
When you experience something incredible, your natural instinct is likely to go and tell somebody else.
We experience the same thing when we have an encounter with Jesus. Jesus called us to reach out to those who are lost so that they may be found, and the number one evangelism tool in America is still the local church.
At Destination Church, we strive to make inviting someone to church a habit.
We want it to occur naturally and automatically based on certain cues. Many people miss an opportunity to invite their friends, family members, co-workers, or even strangers to church because they simply don't know when. We have identified three cues that -when we hear them- automatically trigger the thought, "I should invite this person to church."
"I'm not satisfied."
This statement generally comes from people who are looking for more out of life. They are dissatisfied with the "status-quo," and know that there is more than what they have experienced. People in this frame of mind are more likely to say "Yes" to an invite to church, as they hope they will find what they've been looking for, and we believe that they will.
"I'm not prepared for..."
People who are about to enter a new season of life, usually talk about how they are not prepared for it: whether that's a new job, getting married, or a baby on the way. People in stage of life are always more likely to say "Yes" to an invitation to church.
"I'm new to town..."
This statement usually indicates that a person is in transition, and people who are in a transitional season of life are always more likely to say "Yes" to an invitation to church. It may be because of a job, a divorce, or many other things, but a person in this season is almost always willing to experience something new.
You've probably heard all of these statements before. In fact, you probably hear some form of them once a week from various people. We hope that as you strive to invest in relationships with people in these seasons and frames of mind, the opportunity will come to invite them to church, as you expect that they will have an encounter with Jesus that will change them forever.