• Add your church to the roster of participating churches. Your church information will be displayed on the map for people to find on FindAChurchNow.com.
  • Recruit a prayer team. Ask your staff, ministry leaders, and volunteers to form a prayer team. Begin praying for your event and for unchurched people in your community.
  • Create a social media strategy. Review the social media guide that comes in the 2018 Back to Church Sunday Kit. Ask someone on your team to be responsible for posting, engaging in conversations, and keeping your social media presence active and relevant.
  • Now is the time to invite your community and maximize the reach of your event! Order direct mail postcards and other invitational and promotional tools to help build excitement and spread the word about your event. Suggested tools include:
  • – Order your direct mail postcard invitations to let your community know that they are invited on BTCS. This is one of the most cost-effective ways for you to invite people to your church, so you’ll want to be sure and place your order before the deadline on August 16.

Visit Outreach.com/BacktoChurch to see the full selection, or click here to view a digital catalog.

  • Announce your Back to Church Sunday plans during your Sunday service.
  • Prepare bulletin inserts and personal inviting tools to distribute to your members.
  • Update your church website and announce your event — post the Back to Church Sunday promotional video and graphics included in the Church Kit.
  • Get your congregation inviting!
    • Continue to show videos in your services – the Josh and Steve videos are a fun and practical way to encourage your members to be brave and invite their friends.
    • Equip them with invitation tools – leave 5 invitation cards on each chair or hand them out with your bulletins so members automatically feel included in the effort. Remind attendees from stage that they are important to your efforts.
    • Launch a door-to-door invitation team – have small groups, youth groups, and other volunteers pick an area to visit with invitations.
  • Put out your indoor banners and posters. This will help build excitement and let everyone know this event is important for your church.
  • Begin posting on social media. Ask your members to like and share your posts with their friends and network.
  • Plan a follow up event or sermon series. Have follow up invitations ready to offer your new visitors to encourage them to return after Back to Church Sunday.
  • Studies show that visitors decide whether or not to return to your church by the time they sit down for the service. Make sure your church is ready! Conduct a church walk-through and evaluate areas that could use extra attention. Think about things that are important for your visitors, like the children’s ministry and restrooms. Plus think about areas that might need new signage or that could use a little carpet cleaner, touch up paint, or dusting.
  • Show the Josh & Steve BTCS promo video in your services, on your website, and on social to continue to spread the word. 
  • Send an email to your congregation that shows Josh & Steve’s three invite videos, as a fun reminder that they can be effective inviters during these critical days leading up to BTCS
  • Continue to show the Back to Church Sunday videos during your Sunday services.
  • Make time in the service the week before Back to Church Sunday to pray for your event and for the people that have been invited.
  • Meet with ministry teams (including children’s ministry and hospitality and greeting teams), and make sure volunteers are ready to welcome visitors.
  • Display your outdoor banners. Visitors will begin looking for your church as soon as they start receiving your invitations. A coordinating outdoor banner helps people see your location and service times, and connect their invitation to your church.
  • Prepare your visitor gifts and have them ready to hand out on the big day. If you are planning another event or a follow up series, make sure your visitor gifts include an invitation to return to your church.
  • Remind your members to keep inviting their friends and neighbors, and to continue getting the word out on social media.
  • Finish your last-minute decorations and building touch-ups, and make sure your church is ready to receive your guests.