by James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor
There are hundreds of thousands of persons living in northern Virginia who have no church home. Some church research groups place the percentage of persons without church affiliation between 50 & 60% and climbing – some as high as 80%. Trinity needs to open its arms and reach out to this growing community of persons seeking, but not finding, the right place to meet their spiritual needs. Even before we reach out to these persons, we already know lots about them.
There are 10 things we need to know today about those seeking church homes:
- Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning, if they attend at all.
- Most of the unchurched feel guilty about not attending church.
- Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are likely to attend church if they are invited.
- Very few of the unchurched had someone share with them how to become a Christian, and Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives.
- Most of the unchurched have a positive view of pastors, ministers and the church.
- Many of the unchurched have a church background.
- Some types of “cold calls” are effective; many are not. The type of cold-call evangelism most often resisted by the unchurched is an uninvited visit to their homes.
- The unchurched would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.
- The attitudes of the unchurched are not correlated to where they live, their ethnic or racial background, or their gender. The unchurched are not a monolithic group.
- Many of the unchurched are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than themselves.
God has blessed our Trinity Church with some of the finest lay and clergy leadership in the country. The time is very right for us to intensify our outreach to persons seeking a church home. I request that you support our Worship and Education ministry areas with your prayers. Encourage and guide our leaders, Kathy Maher and Jen Calsyn, with your ideas and suggestions. Offer your own time, spiritual gifts and, when possible, your financial resources to help make this ministry a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition.
Trinity Church wants to live as a community of believers that encourages the growth and maturity of men and women into the Christian faith. We want to live as a community of believers that joins the ministry of clergy and lay persons who connect with persons of all genders, ages and needs, and who are willing to be accountable to Jesus Christ. Talk with your friends, relatives, associates and neighbors (F.R.A.N.) about one of the exciting ministries of Trinity. Invite them to attend with you a church-related event. Jesus will meet them here and commission them to work in His name.