Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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Over 35 Twin Cities metro area churches are expected to participate in “Back To Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches throughout the U.S. to encourage people to attend worship services.
The “Back To Church Sunday” (www.backtochurch.com) initiative is aimed at reaching the “un-churched” and “de-churched” – people who once attended church, but don’t any more – and invite them to return for a special Sunday. This year’s event is slated for Sept. 18.
It was launched three years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the U.S. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service.
Since its inception, “Back To Church Sunday” participants have invited more than 3 million family members, friends and neighbors to their churches, according to the group’s website.
About 10,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than 1 million visitors.