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Connect Groups: Personal invitations are POWERFUL things.

Ephesians 3:20-21

  Personal invitations are POWERFUL things.   

Think about it for a minute...many of the great experiences of life are based on someone taking the time to invite us. In my own life personal invitations allowed me to experience:

  • My first Egg Bowl (1983) - This game featured the "The Immaculate Deflection" because the wind helped preserve Ole Miss' 24-23 victory. Down by a point with 24 seconds left in the game, MSU kicked what would have been a 27-yard game winning field goal. MSU freshman kicker Artie Cosby kicked it straight and long and what appeared to be over the crossbar, but as the ball reached the goal posts, a 40 mph gusting wind suspended the ball inches from the uprights, after which it fell short of the goal post, securing the victory for the Rebels. Watch it here.
  • My first time to lead worship (1980) - I was invited to "lead the singing" as part of our annual Youth Sunday at Main Street Baptist Church in Mendenhall. My life has never been the same!
  • My first visit to the Baptist Student Union at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (1985) - my involvement through BSU introduced me to wonderful people, but most importantly, my amazing wife of 26 years, Wendy!
  • My first Carols by Candlelight (1992) - I sat in the balcony and watched the handbell choir perform The Nutcracker Suite...in costume and from memory!
  • My first NFL Football Game (1992) - New Orleans Saints versus the St. Louis Rams. The Saints won the game as time expired to seal their first playoff appearance in franchise history. By the way, we had sideline passes!;
  • My first Broadway musical (1994) - The Phantom of the Opera, which introduced me to the amazing world of musical theater;
  • And the list goes on and on! 
Why was I invited to these events?
Because someone felt they could impact my life...and they did!

Why should you invite someone to connect with our worship ministry?

Because the worship ministry can have a life-changing impact on a person's life as we point them to Jesus.

While this is reason enough to invite someone to join us, I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and write down your own list of FIVE REASONS someone should connect with our worship ministry. The reality is if we believe this ministry can positively impact someone's life, then inviting them is easy!

Sunday, March 22 | 5:00 p.m.

Homes across the Jackson-Metro Area

 
Over the next eight weeks we will be encouraging every member of our worship ministry to identify and intentionally connect with a prospect for our choir or orchestra here at First Baptist Jackson. The fact is that all of us know someone (friends or family) who needs to be part of our ministry...we just have to invite them to come and give it a try
 
Pastor Mark has given the worship ministry permission to hold CONNECT GROUPS all across the Jackson-Metro area on SUNDAY, MARCH 22 (5:00-7:00 PM). These groups will allow each of us to invite prospective worship ministry members to an informal party...and then bridge them to our rehearsal on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 (6:00-7:30 PM). We believe if people establish a few relationships prior to their first rehearsal they are more likely to join our ministry.

Take a few minutes and look over the following information and begin praying as to who God would have you invite to our CONNECT GROUPS on March 22.

What's the purpose?

  • To encourage every member of our worship ministry to invite prospects to a Worship Ministry Connect Group in their area.
  • These groups will be bridge events to our Open Worship Choir and Orchestra Rehearsals on Wednesday, March 25.

 What's My Role?

  • Pray for direction on who to invite to the Connect Groups.
  • Don't procrastinate! Call, visit, or email your prospective guest(s) and issue the invitation.
  • GUESTS DO NOT have to be members of First Baptist Jackson to be invited to the Connect Group or open rehearsal.
  • Make arrangements to pick up your guest(s) and bring them to the Connect Group in your area.
  • Follow up with your guest(s) on Monday, March 23, or Tuesday, March 24, and arrange to accompany them to our open rehearsal on Wednesday, March 25.

 Do Invites Really Work?

  • 82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited.
  • Most people come to church because of a personal invitation.
  • 7 out of 10 unchurched people have never been invited to church in their whole lives.
  • More than 90% of people first visited their church as a result of a personal invitation.

 

Make a commitment to do your part!

Invite someone to join us

at one of our Connect Groups

on Sunday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m.!

 

Sunday, February 15th Reminders

9 & 10AM Choirs: No Robes this Sunday. Please wear bright solid colored tops/dark pants. Same for worship team. 

Student Choirs will sing with the 10:30 Worship Choir.

Anthems: "Open Up the Heavens" & "I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy"

Posted by Sarah Lee
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