As part of a growing national movement to ignite spiritual awakening in America, more than 14,000 churches are expected to invite people to come back to church on National Back to Church Sunday (NBTCS), September 16, 2012.
Although 83% of American adults identify themselves as Christians, only about 20% attend church on any given Sunday. Research shows that about two-thirds of people would attend church if someone invited them. A study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of more than 15,000 Americans found that 67% say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. Sixty-three percent say an invitation from a friend or neighbor would likely move them to respond.
“This is the single largest annual community outreach in the nation, sharing the simple message and mission of inviting everyone in America back to church,” says spokesman Philip Nation of LifeWay Research. “This year we are praying for churches to band together and bring spiritual renewal to their communities through National Back to Church Sunday.”
Since the initiative began in 2009, National Back to Church Sunday has become a nationwide movement, with church members inviting more than 3.5 million family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers to special services.