“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD,
‘plans to prosper you, and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future'”

Jeremiah 29:11

ABOUT NATIONAL BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY

National Back to Church Sunday started as a call to action and, invitation – action for the church, an invitation for the world. A single-day event focused on extending the invitation of love, peace and hope to our friends and neighbors…. read more

HOPE HAPPENS HERE
(2022 THEME)

Every year the Back to Church Sunday event is planned around a single theme – in 2022 this theme is Hope Happens Here, which reflects that through the local church anyone can learn more about God and find hope in his plan for our lives… read more

8 Reasons Pastors Love Back to Church Sunday

Why Pastors Love Back to Church Sunday Every year after the National Back to Church Sunday (BTCS) celebration we reach out to participating pastors and ministry leaders for feedback. We send out a survey to learn how churches have leveraged BTCS to increase the engagement of their people and maximize their outreach to new families in their community. We listen for ways they have been able to...

3 Final Tips for Your Back to Church Sunday Celebration

So much preparation has gone into this opportunity to mobilize your people and reach your community, and you are almost there! But for maximum impact, we recommend taking action on these final tips as you inch closer to your Back To Church Sunday celebration weekend: Saturate with Prayer Make the Final Ask Prepare for Company Saturate with PrayerThe very first step in preparing for Back to...

What’s the Next Step for Your BTCS Guests?

Always Be Thinking About The Next Opportunity to Connect As you are planning your Back to Church Sunday (BTCS) celebration, you want to be sure you are thinking strategically about what is next for those who attend? What will that next connection point be?  How will you deepen your relationship with those guests who join you on BTCS? Remember, you want to reach people in your community, but...

Connecting Guests into the Life of Your Church: A 4 Bucket Approach

In a world of Google reviews, Facebook pages, websites, YouTube channels, and online services, your church’s front door is no longer just your physical, church building door. Your church’s online presence is your new front door. People can “church shop” from home. They can explore your services and get to know your theology without ever coming to your building. In fact, guests can “visit” your...

Getting Your Church Ready for A Big Event: A How To Guide

Fall is just around the corner and depending on where you're located, your church may be planning lots of activities for this busy season: Back to Church, harvest festivals, trunk or treat and more. While the Delta variant may be putting a damper on some plans, with the right precautions and clear communication you can still host impactful events and reach people in your community. Whether you...

17 Tips for Planning a Powerful Back to Church Event

What a year this has been! Our country has closed and reopened, gotten vaccines and changed tiers, and everything in between. So, whether you’re celebrating Back to Church Sunday in-person, online, or some sort of hybrid this year, here’s what you need to know to start planning a powerful event. Don’t know where to start? No worries! No matter what your view on the virus or the vaccine is...no...

Back to Church Sunday: A Prayer for The Church

A year ago we had hoped that COVID-19 numbers would come down and that life would return to “normal” by the 2020 National Back to Church Sunday celebration. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen.  And now as we get closer to September 19, 2021 new concerns have risen because of the Delta variant. Many churches are in areas with rising infection rates and new CDC recommendations seem to...

Tips for Promoting Back to Church Sunday

With National Back to Church Sunday just a few weeks away, it’s important to start promoting your event to your members and out in the community! There are so many ways to engage your congregation and make them a vital part of your invitation strategy. When you pair this with external invitations like Direct Mail Postcards, Facebook ads and proper signage. You can create an effective plan that...

Preparing For a Great Back to Church Sunday

The big day is less than two months away now, so it’s time to ramp up your preparations for National Back to Church Sunday. Executive Director Pastor Jason Daye, recently shared some key preparation tips that can help you and your church make the most of this opportunity.  Watch the complete video here: Or review this brief synopsis of Jason’s key points on How to Prepare for Back to Church...

7 Ways to Build Recognition Before BTCS

Is your community getting out and about again? Your church needs to be right out there with them! After a year of isolation, people are ready to engage with community again. They are signing their kids up for sports again. They are taking vacations again. They are deciding where their places are and how to spend their time again. As people thoughtfully re-emerge into community life again, how...