Coming to church for the first time can be an anxiety provoking thing. So can talking about your faith, or inviting a friend. But, Jesus calls us to make disciples, this means, he calls us to invite others into relationship with Jesus along with us. One of our greatest efforts this Fall is to offer opportunities for each of us to grow in our own faith and relationship with Jesus. So, what a better way than to stretch our wings and invite a friend?

I’ll make a point on this day to share who we are and what we believe, so all you have to do is bring them here. We will have opportunities to get connected in smaller groups as well. Please be praying about who you will be inviting. Consider picking them up, and driving them here. Some of the anxiety stems from even how to get into the church and where to go. We aren’t in the business of stealing from other churches, our desire is to introduce people to Jesus that have not yet met him, or have drifted away from him. Knowing that coming to church for the first time can be anxiety provoking, it can settle some fears for newcomers to know they aren’t the only newcomers in the sea of church attending Christians on this day.

It’s possible that your friend, or acquaintance, or colleague isn’t ready for a Sunday morning experience. And, although that is our challenge this fall, we want you to also consider what it might be like to invite them to a Life Group, a Bible Study, Financial Peace University, or a service opportunity. Where and how might they connect?


Blessings, Pastor Joy Mitchell