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Youth Culture Lesson Finding Teachable Moments in Culture From YouthWorker Journal and YouthWorker.com. Engraced Invitation The Unchurched Would Go to Church – If a Friend Asked Them to Go. By Paul Asay Posted: Dec. 11, 2009. What Happened:.

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Youth Culture LessonFinding Teachable Moments in CultureFrom YouthWorker Journal and YouthWorker.com

Engraced Invitation

The Unchurched Would Go to Church –

If a Friend Asked Them to Go

By Paul Asay

Posted: Dec. 11, 2009


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What Happened:

Though America is overwhelmingly Christian, less than half of Americans find their way to church on any given weekend. Chuck Neighbors wants to do something about those stats.


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What Happened:

Neighbors, a Christian dramatist, is producing a series of videos called “There Goes Bob,” focusing on the odd little dance Christians and their unchurched friends go through when one invites the other to church.


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What Happened:

In the first – which can be found on YouTube or at MastersImage.com– a coffee-drinking neighbor wonders why Bob, his golfing buddy, never invites him to church. “He goes every week,” the neighbor says. “Religiously.” Subsequent episodes chronicle Bob’s first hesitant steps in reintroducing his neighbor to church – and his neighbor’s uneasiness in going. “Hope the roof doesn’t cave in,” he says.


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What Happened:

According to the book The Unchurched Next Door, about 82 percent of non-church-goers would attend a service if one of their friends asked them to go; but only 2 percent of church-goers have invited one of their friends to come.


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What Happened:

“I pastor a congregation of Bobs,’” says the Rev. Jon Kam of a church in Montrose, California. “I can’t help but think the on-going saga of Bob and his neighbor just may help liberate our congregation from the notion that church is for us, not them.”


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Talk About It:

  • What do you like about church and youth group?

  • What makes it fun?

  • What makes it meaningful?

  • Do you think some of your friends might like going?


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Talk About It:

The “There Goes Bob” series is meant for adults, but the lessons are applicable to teens, too.

  • Do you know friends who don’t go to church or youth group?

  • Have you ever asked them to come?

  • What happened?


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Talk About It:

  • Do you ever feel weird asking someone to come to church with you?

  • Why?

  • Are you worried they might say no?

  • Are you scared you’d be too pushy?


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What the Bible Says:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

Mark 16:15


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What the Bible Says:

After this the Lord appointed 72 others and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to go. And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into this harvest.”

Luke 10:1-2


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What the Bible Says:

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

Rom. 10:14


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