National Back To Church Sunday – September 17, 2017

Reach more people and grow your church. Create a lasting culture of outreach by equipping your members to be inviters.


People will be looking for a church to attend on Back to Church Sunday — add your church so they can find you! Adding your church is free. When you register, you’ll receive an email with a link to this year’s new FREE Planning Guide full of ideas and tools to help you make this your biggest outreach ever.  For more information, please visit: Back To Church


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do I have to register my church this year, even if I’ve registered in the past?

    Answer: Yes, we are asking all participating churches to register in 2017, even if you have before. The reason for this is that we are clearing out the past data from the roster, in order to start fresh and ensure that the most accurate information is displayed for those looking for a church to attend. You’ll want to register this year in order to take advantage of all the new benefits: the FREE 2017 Planning Guide, an exclusive $10 discount on the church kit, FREE customizable Engagers to make your outreach even easier, and access to training and leader resources throughout the season.

  • How do I organize a city-wide effort for Back to Church Sunday in my community?

    Answer: Mobilizing a network of church leaders in your own city can yield amazing results! Learn more about city-wide outreach here.

  • What is an “Engager” and how do I get them free?

    Answer: In partnership with Every Home for Christ, we have developed a proven, relevant method your church can use anytime, anywhere in your city to reach the lost for Jesus. These modern-day tracts can be customized with your church’s information, and can be used as an easy on-ramp to engage anyone in a conversation that leads to Christ’s story, from neighbors and coworkers to strangers that your members may encounter in their everyday routines. You may order your Engagers through the church registration process, or learn more here.

  • How do I set-up a Back to Church Facebook page for my church?

    Answer: First, you will need to create a personal Facebook account and then set up a business page. Once you have set up your church page you can use the Facebook page wizard to upload images and information about your church. Once you have your page setup you will be able to post information about how your church is involved with Back to Church Sunday by creating an event.

  • How do I follow-up with visitors who attend on Back to Church Sunday?

    Answer: Back to Church Sunday offers follow up campaigns each year so you can invite your guests to come back for a new sermon series and to join small groups. Learn more about Follow-up Campaigns.

  • How many weeks does it take to plan a Back to Church event?

    Answer: We recommend starting your planning six weeks in advance. If you find that you are running short on time you will want to make sure that your event is successful by placing your order for custom postcards 4 weeks in advance or select DIY resources 3 weeks out and then you’ll have the advantage of the pre-event hype the two weeks preceding the September event.

  • We have weekend services. How can we apply Back to Church Sunday to Saturday?

    Answer: You can customize your Back to Church Sunday invitations, posters, banners and church resources with Saturday or Weekend. Visit this page to customize resources online or call our customer service department at 1-800-991-6011 and speak with our team about creating customized resources for your church.

  • When is Back to Church Sunday?

    Answer: Back to Church Sunday is always celebrated on the third Sunday of September each year in the US.

  • From where are the statistics used for Back to Church Sunday acquired?

    Answer: Back to Church Sunday partners with Lifeway Research. Lifeway provides research for church leaders. LifeWay Research uses proven methods of sampling that ensure that the various audiences they frequently describe reflect their population. When they utilize “panels” (individuals who have agreed to participate in surveys), they have ensured that the invitation to participate in the panel has previously been extended to all or a randomly selected subset of the population they are seeking to survey. Surveys conducted by phone or mail are conducted with random samples selected at the time of the survey. For more information visit Lifeway Research.

  • How can I get the tools I need to host a Back to Church Sunday campaign at my church?

    Answer: At Back to Church Sunday we offer church resources to help you get started. The greater your preparation the greater results you’ll have and the Church Kit will help you start planning Back to Church Sunday. The kit contains a campaign planning guide, sermon outlines, posters, invitational tools and promotional videos and lots of other great tools! Visit the store.

  • Are Back to Church Sunday resources available in Spanish?

    Answer: For the first time, the Back to Church Sunday Kit is available in Spanish as a digital download kit. We also have customizable banners, invite tools, and t-shirts available in Spanish–see this page for more info.

  • How can I make a change to my roster listing or add information about my church?

    Answer: To make and edit or add information to your listing, click on the link included in your registration confirmation email. If you need additional assistance, contact us at [email protected]

  • Do I have to do Back to Church Sunday on September 17, 2017?

    Answer: You may host your event any day that works for you – although there is momentum and excitement around churches worldwide participating on the same day, you are free to have it on a day that works best for your church. The 2017 Church Kit contains resources that are both dated with 9.17.17, and non-dated to allow for flexibility.

  • Is the Church Kit available digitally?

    Answer: Yes! The church kit is available to be purchased as a digital download rather than a printed kit.