Do you want to see new people visit your church?

Maybe you’ve tried traditional forms of advertising like direct mail. The likely result is thousands spent on printing and postage with little to show for it in the end.

Perhaps you created social media pages on Facebook, Instagram or even Pinterest.  Now you’ve got lots of pages with your logo but very little interaction with real people.

It could be you’ve preached messages on evangelism, really good ones too. You could have even crossed over from encouraging people to share their faith towards a light admonishment that it’s not happening.

These are great ideas, but they aren’t the most effective way to reach guests.

A few years ago, Lifeway Research surveyed more than 15,000 adults in an attempt to learn which one of 13 approaches was the most effective for reaching new people.

The winner?  Personal invitations.

“People ARE open to an invite from church, particularly if it is from someone they know,” writes Ed Stetzer.  

But what do you do when your people won’t invite?

Here are seven practical suggestions for getting your regular attendees and members to actually invite their friends, neighbors, and co-workers to church.

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For even more ideas, read this article on 19 ways you can encourage your people to invite.