How does one go about inviting people into the church building to begin creating a relationship with them? Find something they might be interested in talking about and offer conversation.
A congregation in the Diocese of Delaware is doing just that. Check out this press release that was carried in their local news paper:
"The Rev. Rita Nelson will explore this afterlife from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 8, at St. Peter’s parish hall, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes. She will include some heavenly possibilities and beliefs held by a variety of tribes and authors, including C.S. Lewis, Lisa Miller, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and others."
Think that will get any interested people to stick their heads in? Have you tried something similar? Wanna share what worked?
(Years ago clergy were told to think about holding classes on potty training for toddlers. Apparently that topic generated a lot of interest among people who might be looking for a church home as well. But that might be a bit dated today...)