Fourth National Back to Church Sunday Exceeds All Previous Records
|- Christian Newswire Wednesday, September 19, 2012|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., —On Sept. 16, in the largest grassroots movement of its kind, 13,152 congregations of various denominations, styles and theologies united in a single cause to invite an estimated 7.5 million friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to attend church on National Back to Church Sunday. Participating churches saw an estimated 38 percent increase in their attendance.
"I’ve heard from a number of pastors and churches that this was a great tool they used to mobilize their people and reach their community,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, a supporting partner of National Back to Church Sunday. “Many are enthusiastic about the focus the fourth annual National Back to Church Sunday has injected into their congregations.”
The movement is based on the simple principle that 82 percent of people will come to church if invited by a friend, according to Thom Rainer’s “The Unchurched Next Door.” Yet, from a recent LifeWay Research study, only 48 percent of church members invited their unchurched friends to church in the last six months.