According to Thom Rainer’s book, The Unchurched Next Door, “82% of people will come to church if they are invited by a trusted relative or friend.” And according to a recent article in The Washington Times, having an active spiritual life is one of the best ways to accomplish a happier, longer life. The Washington Times article, “Churchgoing correlated to longevity,” April 2006, reported that those who attend church regularly tend to live an average of 35 percent longer than those who do not. Other research shows churchgoing adults tend to be more optimistic, less stressed and believe they’re making a positive difference in the world.
Enter National Back to Church Sunday, the single largest annual community outreach in the nation.
In 2012, more than 13,000 churches participated, welcoming more than 250,000 visitors; in fact, participating churches saw an average 38 percent increase in attendance! And 97 percent of pastors that responded to the survey said they would participate again in 2013.
Participating churches can sign up on the Back to Church Sunday roster for FREE to help visitors find your church on this special day.