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Back to Church Sunday, September 12th

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“Back To Church Sunday,” a national movement to reverse declining church attendance and encourage former church-goers to rediscover church, will be celebrated Sept. 12 across the country. More than 1.3 million invitations from over 3,500 churches have been extended to unchurched people to attend the special service.

At the current rate, participation in the 2010 “Back To Church Sunday”  will more than double last year’s 700,000 invitations.

“As church-goers show concern for family and friends, the impact of this campaign will last well beyond this coming weekend,” said Philip Nation, director of ministry development for LifeWay Research, whose surveys of unchurched people have shown they are receptive to invitations from people close to them. “Our hope is that God will touch many lives through the simple act of an invitation.”

Although 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians, only about 20 percent attend church on any given Sunday. Yet, a study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of over 15,000 Americans found that 67 percent say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. Fifty-six percent say an invitation from a friend or neighbor would likely move them to respond.

Churches that enlisted in the 2009 campaign saw an average 19 percent increase in their weekend attendance, according to Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for Outreach Inc., a Southern California church marketing company supporting the event.

“When members reach out to others, it makes a dramatic impact,” said Abel. “‘Back To Church Sunday’ focuses greater awareness on taking the time to simply ask a friend or family member to join you at church.”

In support of “Back To Church Sunday,” Outreach maintains an interactive Facebook page at www.facebook.com/backtochurch  and a list of participants at  www.backtochurch.com/roster. When churches go to the website and register their participation, their names and locations are added to the roster

Locally, the churches below have registered as participating.

First Baptist Church of India
10153 Old St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32257
0.7 miles
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Solid Rock Church
12855 Old St Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 322417846
4.4 miles
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Glad Tidings of Jacksonville
6131 Terry RD.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
http://www.jacksonvillechurch.us/

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New Beginnings Church
5827 Seaboard Ave
Jacksonville, FL 03224
http://backtochurch.com/roster/results/32257/10/http/www.nbcoj.org
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The Chapel at Jacksonville
1515 Prudential Drive, Bldg 400
Jacksonville, FL 32207
http://www.jaxchapel.com/

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Jacksonville Heights Baptist Church
6730 Ricker Road
Jacksonville, FL 32244
http://www.jaxheights.com/

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True Vine Ministries Inc
936 Nelson Street
Jacksonville, FL 32205

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