What we’ve found is that the way to the soul is through the heart, and the way to the heart is through the stomach. Start with a simple party, and that will lead to another party that leads to conversation between friends. Let this rhythm continue until you see God draw your friends to himself.
For a practical guide you can use to help train your group members in throwing welcoming parties, check out Happy Hour: Etiquette and Advice on Holy Merriment at HughHalter.com.
—Hugh Halter is the US Director of Forge America, a missions training network committed to help men and women live as missionaries where they already do life. He is author of several books, including Brimstone: The Art and Act of Holy Nonjudgment. Find Hugh on Twitter, Facebook, or at HughHalter.com.