CCCU churches across the country are preparing for Back to Church Sunday on September 18th, 2011. Back to Church Sunday is a cross-denominational movement to reverse declining church attendance and encourage everyone to revisit congregational life.
Back To Church Sunday has become the single largest community outreach in the nation with 10,000 churches expected to participate in 2011. This event reignites the power of personal invitation to empower church members to bring the community back to church. This year's event will be held the second Sunday after Labor Day to accommodate more churches.
General Superintendent Dr. Tom Hermiz and the CCCU General Board of Trustees are encouraging every CCCU church to participate and challenge members to personally invite friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors to Back to Church Sunday.
Back To Church Sunday was launched in response to a 2008 study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of 15,000 adults that found that 67 percent of Americans 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 get them to respond.
For more information and resources on Back to Church Sunday, check out the National Back To Church website at www.backtochurch.com/participate or visit your local Christian bookstore. You may also contact the CE Lending Library for available materials. They may be reached at 937-695-0025 or by their web page www.cedept.com.