McKinney, TX. – July 2015 – Dallas / Ft. Worth is Exploring God. In September 2015, churches in the DFW area are joining together to invite their communities to explore God. The City of McKinney churches are participating in this historic movement today in conjunction with National Back to Church Outreach campaign.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL INITIATIVE: National Back to Church Sunday (NBTCS) is the largest annual community-based church outreach effort in the nation. The campaign empowers churches and church members with the tools they need to welcome their neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church, while providing an easy way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming church. In 2014, more than 30,000 churches in all 50 states (over 120 denominations) participated. In addition, 84% of responding churches said that having a special day motivated their members to invite family and friends. The Explore God DFW Community Outreach Initiative is a unique effort to encourage people in the greater DFW metroplex to do just that: explore God. We all wonder, and we all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. Explore God is an opportunity to invite anyone to explore these big questions in an open and authentic way.
McKinney KICK-OFF EVENTS: The McKinney NBTCS committee is holding a kick-off events prior to Back to Church Sunday (September 20TH) /Explore God (September 13th )
SATURDAY SEPT 12th – Community Rally. A free citywide community event to raise awareness and prepare for the Back to Church Sunday. The event will be held at Bonnie Wenk Park (2996 Virginia Parkway) from 2-7pm, the event includes speakers, prayer, worship, music, food, drinks and more. Area churches will be on hand to meet with new residents and those interested in finding a local church. The theme of this year’s rally is “Pointing the Lost to the Cross”. Keynote speakers include area pastors; Pastor Jason Duke – Ranchland Church, Pastor Mike Conway – V-Life Church, Pastor Cedric Barkdale – Good Hope Church, Pastor Arnold Alvarado -Vida Abundante, Pastor Fred Thomas, Pastor Cynthia Allen Believer’s Tabernacle, Pastor Lee Edwards – Kingdom Life Fellowship and Eric Brown, father of Frisco teenager Montana Brown who died from an overdose of synthetic hallucinogen. The event will have a diverse line-up of local praise and Worship teams including Maylee Thomas and a host of local churches choir and bands.
HISTORY: Back to Church Sunday began in 2009 in response to survey research that indicated 82% of people said they would attend church if someone they knew invited them, but only 2% of church members were inviting people to come with them to their church. “Every year research shows that people are willing to try church if they are invited by a friend or family member, yet very few Christians ever invite others to come to church with them”. In 2013, 377 churches in Austin joined together to explore God in their community for the Statewide Explore God Campaign.
ALL CHURCHES IN McKINNEY AND THE SURRONDING AREA ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED! There is no cost to participate, and churches may sign up at http://www.exploregod.com/DFW. More information is available at http://www.backtochurch.com or http://www.exploregod.com/DFW as well as on the Back to Church Sunday You Tube Channel, the Facebook page, and on Twitter.
National Back To Church Rally /Explore God Press Release