On July 11, 2007 Dr. Thomas Rainer posted these 10 statistics after undertaking an extensive study among thousands of the unchurched. He called them the 10 Surprises. And they are truly surprising! Here they are:
Surprise No. 1 Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning if they attend.
Surprise No. 2 Most of the unchurched feel guilty about not attending church.
Surprise No. 3 Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited.
Surprise No. 4 Very few of the unchurched had someone share with them how to become a Christian. And Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives.
Surprise No. 5 Most of the unchurched have a positive view of pastors, ministers and the church.
Surprise No. 6 Many of the unchurched have a church background.
Surprise No. 7 Some types of "cold calls" are effective; many are not.
Surprise No. 8 The unchurched would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.
Surprise No. 9 The attitudes of the unchurched are not correlated to where they live, their ethnic or racial background, or their gender.
Surprise No. 10 Many of the unchurched are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than themselves.
The one that stands out to me the most is Surprise No. 3. Imagine if 9 out of 10 people you invited to church responded positively! Would you be more confident to ask a coworker, family member, or neighbor to church?
This weekend is Easter Sunday. It is one of the best opportunities of the year to invite people to church. More people attend church on the Easter weekend than any other time of year, even more than Christmas. So, I want to encourage you, wherever in the world you are reading this, don't go to church this weekend alone! Invite someone who is unchurched to go with you. There's no rush quite like it!
I'm praying for you and believing with you for souls saved and lives changed this weekend! The Apostle Paul said that the resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our faith. It's the defining proof that Jesus truly is God. Regardless of the style of your church or it's focus, I guarantee this weekend that the Gospel will be preached and that your friends and family members will hear the message and they will have an opportunity to make a decision for Christ. All you need to do is invite them!
Question: Will you message me and let me know if the person you invited this weekend to church made a decision for Christ? I would love to celebrate with you!