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How You Can Make a Difference this Easter

The headline read like this: 

Few Plan to Invite Unchurched to Easter Service

I sadly read this article Tuesday morning – it went on to say:

Less than half of American churchgoers plan to invite unchurched people to Easter worship service this year, a new survey found

Only one out of three active churchgoers (31 percent) said they would definitely invite someone they know who does not usually attend church to join them for Easter service, according to a Barna Group survey that examines Americans’ view on Easter.

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group and the one who directed the project, said he thinks the most troubling survey finding from a church leaders’ perspective is that most people who do know the meaning of Easter are not particularly inclined to invite unchurched friends to worship.

I think the line that got me the most is the following:

It suggests "that their personal beliefs about Jesus have not yet translated into a sense of urgency for having spiritual conversations with their acquaintances," Kinnaman said.

They went on to say:

“One of the challenges to pastors and other church leaders is to find out what’s actually preventing them from following through on that willingness,” said the Barna Group president.

The last statement is very much why Hyde Park works hard to give you ideas about how to utilize Easter as more than just a day of worship but also as a day of hope for those that you love.

We want to help you reach those that you care about – to team with you and your family to impact of the lives of those that you are praying for and that God has purposely placed in your lives.

Here are some things we are working on to make Easter 2010 a life-changing week:

  • We are praying – that might be a "DUH!", but… we know that what we are asking God to do in our midst is supernatural, something that only HE can do. This Sunday night we will join together for a special prayer service at 6pm. We will be praying for the lost, our church, our transition, our search committee, Easter, personal and corporate revival as well as Loving Lumberton Week. Everyone is invited to join us to be part of this great evening of prayer. If you have someone that we can pray for in our prayer groups Sunday night let me know.
  • Find 'IT' Here – we are teaming up with our State Convention and churches across our state to encourage people that they can "Find 'IT' Here" this Easter. How can you be part?

    Begin praying today for the salvation of non-Christian family, friends and neighbors. Who has God place in your life that He wants to reach through you?

    Pray that the Lord would open the door to invite those people (and more) to be part of the life-changing Easter services we have planned for April 4th – 9&10:30am

    Pray for me as I prepare to preach my message with the focus of people being saved and returning to Jesus on Easter Sunday. Listen: I BELIEVE THAT MANY PEOPLE WILL BE SAVED! It could be your friend, your neighbor, your sister; it might even be your grandma!

    Pray that they will follow through with believers baptism on April 11th. I want to see many follow through in their new-found faith on that day and look forward to baptizing them on that day!  

  • Our Good Friday Service, Final Words – "Final Words" is going to be a special evening of contemplation, prayer and focus on the cross. Our prayer for "Final Words" is that the church will gather to remember the sacrifice, to celebrate the Lord's Supper together, to pray corporately one last time for those people they have been praying for/inviting that Sunday morning will be the day that changes their lives. The more we work on "Final Words" the more excited I get.

The article said that most believer's WON'T invite someone to Easter services even though statistics show that most people will attend church with someone if they're invited. Let's not be satisfied with the status-quo this year – let's do what churches aren't supposed to do in the absence of a pastor: flourish and grow.

Who's with me?

One Comment on "How You Can Make a Difference this Easter"

  1. Rhonda says:

    I’m definitely with you!

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