What Attracts People to Church?

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What Attracts People to Church?

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I got an e-mail today from a church planter asking how we attract people to our church. I think this is a question that everyone wrestles with. As a pastor, you hear stories constantly of marketing and how it works (or doesn’t work). I remember when we got started, we did some marketing and we had some people find our church because of that, but by and large people come to a church because they are invited. The national stats prove right at Revolution. Over 80% of Americans said they would go to church if someone invited them. Over 90% said they attended church the first time because a friend invited them. This number also gives a greater chance of a second time visit (the crucial one) because they already know someone. I think marketing has a place, but at the end of the day the people in your church need to feel confident and comfortable inviting someone. If you aren’t having any visitors, ask why not? Do people consistently know what to expect at your church? Does your church say “w