It seeks to reach 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. Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States.
Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participating churches have invited an estimated 7.5 million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.
About 20,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than 2 million visitors.
The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church.
Back to Church Sunday has an interactive Facebook page (www.facebook.com/backtochurch) and a roster of participating churches on the Back to Church website at BacktoChurch.com/find_a_church.
Greg Traylor, pastor of First Baptist Church Beeville, says, “We are excited about National Back to Church Sunday and are looking for many new people this Sunday. We also will be having a free lunch following our worship service this Sunday for all of our guests.”
“Back to Church Sunday” will be celebrated across America this Sunday, Sept. 15. Everyone is encouraged to attend church.