The Billion Soul Network, comprised of more than 1,300 denominations (including the Assemblies of God) and more than 400,000 churches worldwide, is challenging pastors and parishioners to make faithful church attendance commonplace again in America. In step with this "clarion call," Billion Soul has identified National Back to Church Sunday - September 16, 2012 - as a priority and opportunity for the nation.
Lifeway Research identified two compelling datapoints in church life: 82 percent of unchurched people said they would likely attend church if invited by a friend. Yet, less than 2 percent of Christians were actually inviting the unchurched to visit.
In view of these findings and the gospel opportunity they represent, Outreach, Inc., started the annual event, Back To Church Sunday, in 2009, as part of its vision to reach every home and every person in America with a personal invitation to a Bible-believing church.
In 2011, more than 7,000 churches representing more than 7,000,000 people participated in Back To Church Sunday. These numbers are expected to more than double this year.
Dr. James O. Davis, cofounder of the Billion Soul Network and an AG minister, said, "The Back To Church Movement is about more than just attending the local church. When Christians are faithful in their attendance to the local church, Jesus Christ becomes paramount to our families, the lost become a priority to lives and fellow Believers become partners in our efforts to transform our society."
Mr. Scott Evans, founder and president of Outreach, emphasizes the strategic power behind the movement, stating: "National Back to Church Sunday is a ready-made opportunity to unleash the best outreach tool in history: Christians personally inviting their friends, family and neighbors to church."
Billion Soul and Outreach have developed innovative tools to help prepare and promote Back To Church Sunday, including downloadable videos, sermons and other creative elements to assist the pastor and his/her local church for mobilizing members to invite their friends, families and neighbors back to church.
Back To Church Sunday currently involves local churches from every major denomination and Fellowship throughout the United States. For more information and free downloadable resources click here.