Mark 1:17 reads, “Follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fish for people.” (HCSB)
Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus asking people to follow Him. Jesus wanted people to join Him on His mission to seek and save the lost, but to accomplish this mission Jesus made the habit of asking people to join Him.
Yet many Sunday School classes and small groups often forget to ask a guest participating in their group if they would like to join it!
People will rarely enroll in a group unless they are asked. An informal survey of people joining the church’s small groups or Sunday School are often people that are joining the church and are simply taking the next required step of membership. Asking someone to join your group is so simple…
Here are a few helpful ideas…
- Make sure enrollment cards are available at every meeting. That also includes a writing utensil that works.
- Combine the guest and enrollment cards. Simply add a checkbox to the guest card that states: “I would like to join this group.”
- Whoever is responsible for taking roll in the group should ask every guest to fill out the guest card, and be sure to ask them if they would like to join the group.
- If possible, the person responsible should offer to fill out the guest card for the guest. Not only does this lead to asking the above question, but it also means that someone can read the handwriting on the card!
- Use the proper verbiage and attitude. “Would you like to join our wonderful group?” sounds so much better than, “You wouldn’t want to join our group… would’ya?”
- And… a guest does not have to be a church member or attend three consecutive times to join or enroll in the group!
All it takes is “the ask.”
Bob Mayfield is the Sunday School/Discipleship specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Bob also has his own blog at bobmayfield.com.
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