Friend Sunday Provides the Perfect Outreach for Churches
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Over 3,000 churches nationwide are expected to participate in Friend Sunday 2015 (http://www.friendsunday.com). Outreach, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of church communications resources, developed this initiative to equip churches of all sizes and denominations in providing their members with the perfect opportunity to invite a “friend” to church. This year’s annual Friend Sunday event is slated for March 1st.
“The goal of Friend Sunday is to empower churches to help their members become inviters,” said Scott Evans, founder and CEO of Outreach, Inc. “The latest Barna research shows that 43% of Americans are now un-churched, and another 8% attend sporadically,” Evans continued. “We want to help churches continue to reach their communities by hosting a special Sunday that lets people know they are welcome in church.”
90% of surveyed churches that participated last year said that having a special day for this particular purpose was important to help motivate people to invite friends and family to church. Churches experienced an average 35% attendance increase on that day, which churches can then build upon throughout the remainder of the year.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the NHCLC/CONELA and Lead Pastor, New Season Christian Worship Center, Sacramento, CA, said, "Friend Sunday offers local Christ following communities an opportunity to intentionally create space for the most important individuals in our communities; the unreached."
There is no cost to join the Friend Sunday movement, and churches may join the roster at www.friendsunday.com that helps people locate participating churches. A new church kit is also available for purchase that includes invitational videos, a planning guide, web and social media graphics, invitation samples, a sermon, and more.