October 28, 2014
Every weekend you drive down the road and see signs advertising open houses. Why do realtors host these open houses? Because they work. They know if they can get people who are looking for a new home to experience firsthand the home they are selling, that person might just choose to make that home their own.
This coming Sunday, November 2 we are having an open house. We know there are many people in our community who have never had the opportunity to see Willowbrook firsthand. They may have heard about us from others and seen us on a TV commercial, but they’ve yet to walk into our facilities. We believe God has blessed us with one of the most beautiful churches in North Alabama, with fantastic facilities that can minister to the whole family.
We would like you to help us this weekend by inviting the people you know who are not involved in church to come to our open house. They can take a guided tour the church, led by one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, drink a warm drink and enjoy a cookie at Javabrook, and experience our worship service. We hope to connect them to our church, and more importantly, connect them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Would you help us by praying about and then handing out these cards to some people you know who are not involved in church? By doing so, you just might change the eternal destiny of some people God has placed in your path.
Keys to Attracting the Unchurched
We recently conducted a study of formerly unchurched Americans. What made them come to a church? What made them stay? The answers to these questions gave us insight into the mind of an unchurched person and gave us guidance in reaching them more effectively.
What Makes Them Come?
We found that the reasons the formerly unchurched chose a particular church were complex. But while the teaching and doctrine of the pastor are a leading factor for selecting a church, relationships play a key role in helping the unchurched make their initial church visit.
Creativity and Church Growth
If your church charged a $20 cover charge, would people be standing in line to get into your services? Watch this thought provoking video as Chris Brown of North Coast Church challenges us to get creative and offer stuff so good at our churches, that people would be will to pay for it.
Since this post is seen mostly by pastors, I thought maybe I need to explain what a cover charge is?
Originally from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_charge
A cover charge is an entrance fee sometimes charged at bars, nightclubs or restaurants. Cover charges (or "couvert" charges) generally do not include the cost of food, but in some restaurants, they do include bread, butter, olives and other accompaniment
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What is sermon content.
How is sermon branding.
I have a core conviction: the greatest truths ought to be communicated in the most unforgettable ways. And when it comes to communicating things in unforgettable ways, how is just as important as what. I don't just want people to remember. I don't want them to be able to forget.
Sermon branding is nothing new. It's as old as the ancient prophets using God-inspired props to make their messages stick. Jesus took the Old Testament art form to a new level. No one was better at branding truth than The Truth. His parables are pure genius. Hear them once and you'll remember them forever! Sermon branding is hard work, but it isn't optional if we're serious about communicating like Christ.
Seven Steps to Sermon Branding:
#1 Come up with a series title
#2 Create a series logo
#3 Design a series evite and invite
#4 Brainstorm Big Ideas
#5 Shoot a Series Trailer
#6 Design a microsite.
#7 Add Sermon Props
Originally from : http://www.hydeparkumc.org/discipleship/invitational-evangelism/
“Out is evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do. In it’s place is disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You’re more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!” — Brian McLaren “More Ready Than You Realize”
Are the people at your church inviting others to come to church with them? Are they happy to be at your church or are they “raving fans?”
There are things a church can do to be more “guest friendly.” Do you know what those things are? Are you will to make your church a guest friendly church?
Originally from : http://eastlakecc.com/bothell/
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Nothing is more effective in causing Church growth than planting a new church. All the stats prove that fact. More people come to know Christ per average of membership in a church plant than in an existing church. They reach a younger demographic than a existing church does. For the body of Christ to keep growing we must see the dying churches replaced with new church plants.
In August 2011, Vaynerchuk announced he would be stepping away from his daily wine video series to focus his attention on VaynerMedia, the social media brand consulting agency he co-founded in the Spring of 2009.
Gary used the internet to explode his wine business. Then took what he learn and taught others to do the same. He is now consider one of the top experts on branding using the internet.
If you’re a Christian, watch this. If you’re not a Christian, watch this. Hey there! I’m Emanuella. I’m a Christian. I have been a “good” Christian most of my life. It was my identity. I used to like to tell people how “good” I was, how I kept all the Commandments. I thought that was “Good”…… Then I realized something…I Failed!!! “Christian” was just a name I wore…kind of like a pretty coat over a dirty body…It didn’t match my heart. Here’s why: If you were an Atheist or Agnostic or anything else…And if you didn’t agree with me…I would disdain you as a person. I feel like a hypocrite! I feel disgusting! And I can’t take it anymore! I wasn’t interested in being your “Friend”. I just wanted to change you. I thought that was my job. Christianity is about being like “Christ”. Jesus loved everyone, First. If they didn’t accept what He said, He still loved them. Its not my job to change you, I can’t. But its my job to love you. That I can. So this is an appeal to my Christian Brothers and Sisters, not all but some… stop the Damnation. Stop the Judgement. Stop the Religism. Thats not our business. It doesn’t matter how well you can preach…How many Bible Verses you’ve memorized or How many people “think” you are all that. If you don’t have love, you’re nothing. Love is not a chore. Its a revelation. The Christ you serve revealed it in its purest form. Gandhi said: “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians.” Don’t be one of “those …