Inviting someone to church isn’t just about extending an invitation; it’s about creating a welcoming atmosphere and demonstrating genuine care for others’ spiritual well-being. Whether you’re inviting a friend, a neighbor, or a colleague, here are five effective ways to extend that invitation with warmth and sincerity:


1. Personal Invitation:

There’s tremendous power in a personal invitation. Take the time to reach out to someone individually, whether it’s through a face-to-face conversation, a phone call, or a personalized message. Express why you value our church community and why you think they would enjoy being a part of it. Sharing your own positive experiences can be incredibly persuasive and make the invitation feel more genuine.

2. Attend Church Events Together:

Invite your friend to join you at a church event or activity, such as a community service project or a special worship service. These events provide an opportunity for your friend to experience the warmth and hospitality of your church community in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. Plus, participating in activities together can strengthen your bond and make the idea of attending church less intimidating.

3. Offer to Accompany Them:

For some people, the idea of attending church for the first time can be daunting. Offer to accompany your friend to church and sit with them during the service. Maybe even offer to give them a ride! Knowing that they’ll have a friendly face by their side can help alleviate any anxiety they may feel. After the service, introduce them to other members of the congregation and help facilitate connections that can make them feel more welcome and included.

4. Share Online Resources:

In today’s digital age, many people turn to the internet for information and inspiration. Share online resources from Broad Street, such as sermon podcasts, online worship services, or social media posts, that resonate with your friend’s interests or spiritual questions. These resources can provide a glimpse into what our church community is all about and spark curiosity about attending in person.

5. Extend Multiple Invitations:

Be persistent but respectful in your invitations. If your friend declines the first time, don’t be discouraged. Keep the lines of communication open and continue to extend invitations whenever appropriate. Sometimes people need time to consider the invitation or may be more receptive after a significant life event. By consistently expressing your invitation with kindness and understanding, you demonstrate that you genuinely care about their spiritual journey.


Inviting someone to church is an opportunity to share something meaningful and life-changing with those you care about. By approaching the invitation with empathy, authenticity, and a willingness to accompany others on their spiritual path, you can help create a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels valued and supported.


-Written by Kyle Fox, BSPC Marketing & Communications Manager

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