Dave Earley on the importance of inviting
Your group can't grow unless you have and keep guests. This may seem
ridiculously obvious, but it is often forgotten. If no one new ever
visits your group, your group cannot grow. Increase the number of guests
and you will increase the amount of growth. Increase the rate of
retention and you will increase the rate of growth. Increase both and
you will multiply growth exponentially.
Why do some groups grow and others don't? Why can some leaders
consistently grow their groups and others can't? The answer often lies
in the issue of inviting. Those leaders and groups that consistently
invite new people will grow. Those that don't, won't.
Occasionally I talk with group leaders whose groups aren't growing. They
act like the new people visiting their group have fallen from outer
space or dropped in off a cloud. They seem to think that having new
people come is a matter of fate or a mystical work of the Spirit. Now it
is true that on rare occasions the Holy Spirit will supernaturally drive
someone to attend a group without being invited. But this is maybe one
out of every thousand guests. The other 999 times new people visit a
group, it is because they were invited.
Seeing new people visit your group is very practical. Before guests will
come, they need to be invited. People don't just magically show up.
Someone must take the initiative to ask them to come.
Every time I have practiced the habit of inviting someone every week,
the group has grown. Every time I have not consistently invited new
people to come, the group has not grown.
The 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders
by Dave Earley