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Hamiltonís Mount Zion doubles attendance on Friend Daycomment (0)

April 7, 2011

Many churches have a friend day when members invite friends and family on a specific Sunday. But do many nearly double their attendance because of it?

Mount Zion Baptist Church, Hamilton, did.

The Marion Baptist Association church usually has about 45 people attend Sunday School and 55 in worship, so for its recent Friend Day, it set a goal of 60 people in Sunday School — 10 more than its 2010 goal.

“I didn’t expect to see 71 in Sunday School and 97 in worship. That was just amazing,” Pastor Steven Sanderson said, adding, “This is what Mount Zion could be and should be.”

The church’s members caught a vision, Sanderson said. Whenever members of a church see several new people attending, he said they are encouraged to invite people more often.

“Life is about relationships and if we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, He should overflow into our other relationships,” Sanderson said.

Because of the recent event and the Holy Spirit’s leading, Mount Zion has added a new family to its membership, which led to two baptisms, Sanderson said.

The church plans to continue with Friend Day twice a year, held strategically before revival so members can invite their friends and family to both events.

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