Willow Friends, If you’ve heard me teach, you’ve likely heard me say that one of my top spiritual gifts is evangelism. I feel fully alive when I get to have conversations with skeptics or seekers, and I see God at work when He allows me to play a part in their faith stories.
But I will be honest with you: the number of invites I’ve extended to friends has declined significantly over the past year. I’m sad to say I was afraid to invite people into our church's recent mess; I was nervous about what they might think about the God whose name we proclaim. But things have changed.
I believe it’s time to set aside any lingering fears or hesitance we may feel and start inviting our friends to church again. The number of people who have visited Willow—and then come to know Christ—over this past year is remarkable. At Easter, we gave out more than 920 Bibles to those interested in beginning a faith journey. I'm reminded that even in my worry, God is still at work, drawing people closer to Him.
I know inviting people to a weekend service or a church event can be awkward at times, especially if they say no, but I want to encourage you to take a risk. You don’t have to invite someone to a church service—just get creative and bring them to an event or a gathering with your small group. Two suggestions: Alpha’s summer series begins on May 29, and it’s a great place for people to ask questions about God and learn about the Christian faith. We also have SummerFest coming up on June 8 & 9. I truly believe these positive touch points play a bigger part in people coming to faith than we know.