by Jeff Tunnell www.bigbearchristiancenter.org
Following Joel’s blog from earlier this week and congratulating Liz Lynberg, let’s talk about inviting people to the cell meeting. Both testimonies in Monday’s blog demonstrate the importance AND success of contacting people with a specific invitation to your cell.
Occasionally I will ask during a Celebration in our church, “How many of you came here, or to a cell, because you were invited by someone with whom you had previous relationship?” Consistent with most organized surveys on the subject, I see nearly 80% of the room raise their hands.
Having some experience with direct sales businesses it is common to hear that for every “Yes” you receive, you will have to get past 40 “No”s! Using a quote from 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 8-10 will actually show up, and of those only five to seven will be regular attenders after a month or so.”
Dave Early summarizes that statement with, “This means you can grow a new group of ten to fourteen regular members in a year by inviting one new person each week!”
What is your habit in this area of cell development? Do you keep your cells “open” from week-to-week so that new people can join at any time? Is there ever a period of time, or situation, where you do not invite new visitors to join you? How do you determine who you will invite? What type of invitation questions do you find successful in bridging the relationship gap that exists with a person you do not know well? What role does prayer have in this activity?