I help my family lead a group of high school students. In the last two years, we have seen almost two-dozen unchurched kids come to Christ. About half of them have become regular church goers, and many of those now bring their parents. We do several things to attract and win so many seekers, but the single biggest factor is inviting.
When it comes to inviting, we follow one simple principle: If you invite them, they will come. Occasionally I have heard leaders say that they do not invite people "because they might not come." When people tell me this, I always ask, "If you invite them, what is the worse thing that could happen?" They generally respond, "They might not come."
Then I reply, "If they are not coming anyway, how have you lost anything? After all, they just might come." It is exciting to know that if you invite them, they will come. Not all will come. Not all will come right away, but if you invite them, some will come.
According to Richard Price and Pat Springer, "Experienced group leaders … realize that you usually have to personally invite 25 people for 15 to say they will attend. Of those 15, usually only eight to 10 will actually show up, and of those, only five to seven will be regular attenders after a month or so." 1 This means you can grow a new group of ten to fourteen regular members in a year by inviting one new person each week! If a whole group catches the vision of inviting, a group can experience explosive growth.
If you will invite enough people, some will come. When I start a new group, I start by asking two to five times the number of people I expect to have at the first meeting.
Some ask, "Where do I find people to invite?" There are at least four good places to look for people to invite: