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I LOVE SUNDAYS

Hal Seed is a friend who has a heart to help churches impact their communities for Christ in healthy ways.  This is not a campaign just to have big numbers but rather in order to connect people to small groups and more importantly introduce them to Christ!  Please look into this great campaign!

 

I LOVE SUNDAYS

By Guest Hal Seed:

Why Every Church Ought to Hold an I Love Sundays Campaign:

In 2005, New Song Church averaged 750 in worship. I had spent the previous five years trying to figure out how to break us out of that plateau. A friend suggested we use Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life Campaign. That went so well, I decided to hold a Church-Wide Campaign twice a year.

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Today, we average 1,750 in attend. Our ministries saw over 2,000 people come to Christ in 2014. We’re on pace for 2,500 salvations this year. 85% of our attenders are in Small Groups. I pastor some of the most committed believers I know. Most of this I attribute to the power of Church-Wide Campaigns. Here’s what they’ve done for us:

 

  1. Attendance Growth

New Song has grown by 133% in the last ten years. All of that growth has come from Church-Wide Campaigns. Every time we hold a Church-Wide Campaign, attendance surges between 7 and 25%.

 

  1. Small Group Participation

Before we started holding semi-annual Campaigns, about 40% of our attenders were in Small Groups. Today, we’re over 80%, because of the drawing power of a Church-Wide Campaign.

 

  1. Personal Growth

When simple truths that are preached on, talked through in a Small Group, and read about personally, the combination accelerates spiritual growth.

 

Why Campaigns Work:

  1. Relevant topics draw unchurched people

Most Americans aren’t against church; they just don’t have a compelling reason to attend. Newcomers are drawn by topics that matter to them and have the potential to change their lives. When you place a book in your people’s hands, it creates excitement and serves as a great inviting tool to bring people to church.

 

  1. Positive Peer Pressure draws people into Small Groups

Humans are social beings. We want to do what everyone else is doing. Leading up to a Church-Wide Campaign, almost everyone is signing for a Small Group so almost everyone else signs up too.

 

  1. Focus accelerates learning

Focus is a powerful thing! Take two forms of light: while the sun can warm you, a laser can cut through steel. Supernatural transformation happens when the pastor preaches on a topic, people go home and read about it, and then they come together with a Small Group to discuss what they’re learning.

 

When should you hold a Campaign?

We’ve discovered that unchurched people are most open to checking out church right after school starts and right after the New Year. So we hold Campaigns every September and every January. The ideal dates to start an I Love Sundays Campaign are on the third Sunday in September, which is National Back-to-Church Sunday and the fourth Sunday in January, which is the Sunday after a three day holiday.

What’s in The I Love Sundays Campaign Kit?

Last year the 26,000 churches who participated in National Back-to-Church Sunday saw a 21% jump in attendance that day. This year, Outreach, Inc. is combining National Back-to-Church Sunday with the I Love Sundays Campaign to create a highly-attractive five-week Church-Wide Campaign experience.

 

The I Love Sundays Campaign comes with

  • Campaign Planning Guide
  • Resource DVD with sermon bumper videos, countdown clock & promotional video
  • 5 customizable sermons
  • Web and social media graphics
  • Small Group Study Kit with Leader’s Guide & Study Guide
  • An I Love Sundays gift book
  • An I Love Sundays T-shirt
  • An I Love Sundays wristband
  • Sample promo tools

Why Hold a Series about Sundays?

  • Time pressure is one of the highest needs of our society. The solution is a rest on Sundays.
  • Pace of life is straining marriages. A key answer is time together on Sundays.
  • Families are being fragmented. Their glue could be Sundays.
  • God ordained the Sabbath as a day to refresh, refuel, and refocus. Without being preachy, I Love Sundays teaches people how to take back their one day to do that, regardless of their current spiritual condition.

 

To learn more about I Love Sundays and get free videos, visit http://www.pastormentor.com/i-love-sundays/. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page.)