Bring Your Friends vs. An Awesome EnvironmentPosted: January 13, 2009
A lengthy strange title, yes. I’ve been thinking lately about our strategy to bring new students into our Wednesday night high school gathering. We constantly tell students “Bring your friends!” I don’t think this works. Now, hear me out, I’m not changing our strategy as Wednesday night being our front door for new students, a safe place to explore Christianity, and a contain a relevant message that applies to both believers and non-believers.
What I am changing is my approach to that. My focus in 2009 is creating a GREAT environment on Wednesday nights. I believe that if we create a place where students experience great relationships, relevant music that connects them to God, a fun time, and a life-changing message THEN students will bring their friends.
That’s the type of experience I want to create this year. Yes, we’ll still encourage students to bring friends, but our focus and hard work will be on creating a great environment. When God shows up and does something people will invite others to see it. Let’s see what He does.