By TSB Community Contributor
Imagine the possibilities when every church, regardless of the denomination, works together in a community! With this concept in mind, Eternity Community Church is coordinating an inititative to organize a city-wide rally on Sept. 7 in support of National Back to Church Sunday, which is Sept. 15.
How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountain, and seeketh that which is gone astray? St. Matthew 18:12 (KJV)
It’s not that difficult – it just takes a little bit of coordination. That is why we are petitioning your church to partner with Eternity Community Church and the City of McKinney in establishing a city-wide initiative in support of Back to Church Sunday, which is on Sept. 15, 2013. We are living in some very troublesome times and lost souls need to know there is hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. The City of McKinney is unique by nature and we want the world to know this community is anchored in the word of God. This city will stand on the word of God which is a lamp to our feet. We will not allow our principles to compromise our faith, family, and this community.
National Back to Church Sunday is an amazing opportunity to share God’s love, as it empowers church members to be the strongest form of outreach through the power of personal invitations. Eternity Community Church is forming a coalition of churches in McKinney to partner together to organize. The church will be hosting an informal meeting on April 29 at 6 p.m. to discuss the event objectives. The meeting will be held at 901 N. McDonald Street, Suite #502.
In only four years, Back to Church Sunday has become the single largest community outreach in the nation with 13,152 churches participating in 2012 alone. Millions of people received a personal invitation to church and the average increase in church attendance was 38%. So far in 2013, 13,260 churches nationwide are participating, sharing in the simple message and mission of inviting everyone Back to Church.
A citywide effort benefits the local church by:
• Exemplifying unity in the body of Christ as multiple churches promote their events together in the community
• Creating a bond between participating churches/denominations as they rally around a common cause
• Providing greater exposure for participating churches as the local media pick up on it as a community event
• Encouraging members to think of their community beyond their family and friends
• Providing economies of scale for promotion as more churches can reach more people
• Portraying a unified purpose among believing churches in the community
• Exposing the community to available churches near them, helping people find a church home
• Developing church partnerships that can support and strengthen one another all year