If you’ve been along for very much of this conversation, you know that I believe the most exponential way to launch small groups is with a church-wide campaign that utilizes a HOST ask strategy (an open invitation from the senior pastor to host a small group). There are lots of ways to launch groups. I have no doubt this is the most potent strategy.
I’ve written about making the HOST ask many times. When to make the ask. How to set it up. How many times to do it. How to take advantage of testimony to make it even more powerful. See also, How to Make the HOST Ask: The 2012 Version, Why You Must Make the HOST Ask Several Times in a Row, and 6 Ways to Help Your Senior Pastor Make the HOST Ask.
And I’m often asked if there are some good examples of pastors making the HOST ask. I took the time this week to gather up 6 that offer good variety and great examples.
Here are 6 examples of a HOST ask:
The first few listed here are well worth spending some time with.
- John Ortberg on Doing Life Together
- A God First Family — HOST Ask by Stovall Weems
- Here’s a video “commercial” that supported the HOST ask at Celebration Church.
These next 3 are from Preparing for Transformation (3 examples from Rick Warren’s Saddleback series just before the launch of 50 Days of Transformation). Without a doubt, Rick Warren and Saddleback Church are the masters of this strategy. These 3 messages are worth watching in their entirety. You’ll get a good feel for how it works at the church that has leveraged this strategy to connect thousands more adults in groups than they have at their weekend services.
- How God Changes Us (this is week one of the series just before 50 Days of Transformation. The ask happens at about 42:00 minutes in)
- 5 Habits of Healthy People (this is week two of the series just before 50 Days of Transformation. The ask happens at about 57:00 minutes in but there are several setups along the way).
- Your Life Support System (this is week three of the series of the series just before 50 Days of Transformation. This whole message is really an ask. The most pointed section begins about 58 minutes in).
I hope you’ve found this post helpful and I’d love to know of any other great examples you come across.
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