EFFECTIVE INVITATIONS

Six fresh ways to awaken people to commitment.

The walk-the-aisle invitation-the idea stirs up images of old-fashioned, Southern tent meetings with repentant sinners walking the sawdust trail on hot, summer nights. The images look sepia tinted, photographs from a bygone-era.

In a day when faith is considered private and "the hard sell" produces a backlash, does a call to stand and walk forward have any appeal? Is such an invitation still effective?

These questions are often raised by pastors who want to have an evangelistic impact-and who recognize the legitimacy of calling people publicly to commitment or rededication-yet who sense resistance to the traditional invitation.

How are preachers calling for commitment in a day when Sony Walkman is preferred to Billy Sunday? After talking with a number of preachers, I discovered pastors feel the traditional invitation still has a place, but increasingly it is being augmented by contemporary forms.

Here are six innovative approaches pastors have found effective.

Meet at the Piano

Mike Cocoris, ...

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