Inviting People to Church

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The most common way in which people join religious groups is because friends and relatives invite them. Two-thirds of Australian Protestant newcomers first joined their church through someone inviting them.
In the 2006 NCLS church attenders were asked:

Q. Would you be prepared to invite to a church service here any of your friends and relatives who do not currently attend a church?

  • Yes, and I have done so in the past 12 months
  • Yes, but I have not done so in the past 12 months
  • Don’t know
  • No, probably not
  • No definitely not


Authors: Michael Pippett, Ruth Powell, Sam Sterland


Pippett, M., Powell, R., Sterland, S. (2009). Inviting People To Church, NCLS Research Fact Sheet 09003. Sydney: NCLS Research.