Young people like hanging out, going for parties and outings. It’s a way millennials bond and develop relationships. These can be planned ahead of time.
Ask your small group leaders to have movie nights, bowling nights, game nights, Friday night parties etc. It can be held at the church level also if you have less than 30 people. This works pretty well for young people especially students. Teach your church to party for Jesus.
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
Matthew is the inspiration behind Jesus parties. Throw a party and invite church people and unchurched people and let them mix and interact with each other. From experience, it brings wonders. It’s a wonderful way of reaching out to your community. How does this prevent people from leaving? They make friends and secondly, they find out church guys are not that boring and are then willing to try out visiting church and thirdly,
Practical Ways To Have A Lot Of Parties
- Declare it from the church level a week every group should have parties
- Everyone can chip in something
- Offering from the small groups can be used for parties to subsidize cost
- Just having pizza is usually enough. People should not work too hard for these things
- Encourage your members to invite their friends and neighbors
- Your main leaders should get as many new contacts as possible to follow up on and connect and eventually invite to the small group or to church
- You don’t need to necessarily get everyone’s attention to preach if it’s not conducive but phone numbers should be exchanged