"Growing up I was blessed to have a great church to be apart of! This is where I met many friends who have encouraged me in my life to live strong for Christ! I hope you can find a great church too! National Back to Church Sunday is a great time to start looking for a church that suits you!"
- Bethany Hamilton, Pro Surfer, Inspiration for the movie "Soul Surfer"
"I’ve had the privilege of serving at Perimeter church for the past 8 years and I serve there because I believe that the church is God’s plan A for the redemption of all nations. I believe God desires for our local congregations to be the chief equippers for families, for marriages and simply for individuals investigating their own gifts and calling. Missing out on your local church is missing out on discovering who God created you to be."
- Laura Story, Singer/Songwriter
"In a cyber age of isolation people are desperate for a sense of community. Jesus Christ and his community of believers are where the hope and belonging that so many seek can be found. Invite someone to church! Better yet bring them! Watch what God does."
- Ken Davis, Author, speaker, and communications trainer
"Seven out of 10 unchurched people would visit a church if a friend invited them. What are we waiting for? The church offers hope, grace, truth, joy and the message of eternal life -- all of which we want our friends to experience. Let's take a risk and prayerfully offer an invitation!"
- Lee Strobel, Best-selling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
"There are some foundational fundamentals to building a strong nation. One of these major fundamentals is our faithfulness to the local church. It is time to send out a clarion call to our nation to return to Christ and his Church. The local Christ-centered church is the door to the next spiritual awakening in our nation."
- Dr. Fred Luter, President, Southern Baptist Convention
"A national return to the local church in America would help to spark spiritual renewal toward Christ. Let’s encourage pastors preach on the Back To Church theme and challenge Christians to recommit themselves to attend their respective churches and to bring the unsaved with them."
- Mark L. Williams, General Overseer, Church of God, Cleveland, TN
"Studies have shown people are open to an invitation to church. So, here is a great opportunity to invite them. Please step out, take a ‘faith-filled risk’ and invite that friend, neighbor or coworker to church."
- Dan Wetzel, Interim Vice-President Church Ministries, Christian and Missionary Alliance
"One of the great features of Back to Church Sunday is how it taps into the power of everyday social media networks alongside of traditional tell-and-ask strategies. Add that to its ability to develop a community-wide movement, and you have an opportunity to connect with a startling number of people. Try it!"
- Dr. Monty L. Winters, Director for Disciplemaking & Ministry Studies, The Christian and Missionary Alliance
"People today are looking for a place to belong, for community. What a great opportunity for the church to step up and be a place where people matter and where lost people can be found. A simple invite might seem little to you but it could mean life change for someone who is searching. Step out, invite, and watch what God does."
- Melissa MacDonald, Children's Disciplemaking Ministries Specialist, The Christian and Missionary Alliance
"We are calling America back to church! If we are going to save America, then the local Church needs to become as diversified as the community around it. Let’s get the word out about Back To Church Sunday and witness people, like never before, experiencing Christ as their Savior!"
- Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, Wesleyans
"So many positive things happen when the followers of Christ are in community with one another. Encouragement, edification, growth... God is the one who gives us these things, but he does it through other believers, and we forfeit the chance to receive these blessings when we avoid community. Get back to church!"
- Steve Goold, Drummer, Owl City
"God's word tells us to spur one another on toward love and good deeds, and not give up meeting together. (Hebrews 10:24,25) He is all about relationships and we are to walk through life with other believers. My family and I have found that church is a wonderful way to do this, so I encourage you to join thousands of Americans as they go back to church on National Back to Church Sunday."
- Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball Player, Los Angeles Angels
"Back to Church Sunday is simply effective. It can mobilize your church to engage the community through the power of one simple tool: a personal invitation."
- Philip Nation, Director, Ministry Development, LifeWay Research
"National Back to Church Sunday is a ready-made opportunity to unleash the best outreach tool in history: Christians personally inviting their friends, family and neighbors to church."
- Scott Evans, Founder and President of Outreach, Inc.
"If the Church loses its voice and becomes invisible, it will become irrelevant. A strong Church is the best gift we can give our communities and its families."
- Dr. Glenn C. Burris, President of the Foursquare Church, Los Angeles, CA
"As a busy pastor, I am constantly looking for the best tools to help me to communicate to my congregation and to challenge them to be followers of Christ. As we witness a resurgence of both the saved and unsaved coming back to church, we will also experience a desperately-needed spiritual awakening in our society. Please allow me this opportunity to encourage you as a Christian and church leader to go to BackToChurch.com today!"
- Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer, Senior Pastor-Teacher of Faithful Central Bible Church
"There are some non-negotiables in the Christian life. One of these non-negotiables is the local church. The local church is the method ordained by Christ to equip the believer and to help evangelize the lost. We need to challenge Christians everywhere as never before to get back into attending a Bible-believing church."
- Mark Balmer, Pastor of Calvary Chapel, Melbourne, FL
"When I was a pastor, I consistently encouraged our congregation to be faithful to the local church. I applaud the synergizing efforts of mobilizing Christians once again to be faithful to their respective local churches in America."
- Dr. Stan Toler, Bestselling author and General Superintendent of The Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, KS
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