Lifeway Research and the North American Mission Board surveyed over 15,000 people and found that most people said they would be willing to receive information about church in a personal conversation with a family member, friend or neighbor. This method far exceeded using posters or direct mail flyers, getting emails or even phone calls.
The interactions in John 1:41-49 illustrate these findings. Notice the people connecting with their family members and friends.
“One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
He first findeth his own brother Simon,
and saith unto him, We have found the Messias,
which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
And he brought him to Jesus.
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”
Nathaniel did just that and after a brief interaction with Jesus, Nathaniel was convinced that he was speaking to the Son of God.
So why not make that connection right now with your pal? Going to church alone is okay, but bringing a friend is far better. …And who knows, your welcoming invitation may be just what God uses to introduce your friend to His Son?