Host Resources

Invite Your Friends

Consider a Co-host

We strongly recommend co-hosting your JOG with someone else for several reasons:

  • Jesus sent people out two by two; it’s fun to do ministry together.Inviting
  • your friends is often the most difficult part of hosting a JOG, and
  • hosting with a friend can make it easier to extend invitations to more
  • people.Having a co-host is helpful to lighten the load of
  • coordinating logistics such as meals, AV, and venue needs, especially if
  • you are facilitating the JOG as well as hosting it.

Here is a great tool to help recruit a friend to be your co-host:

Sample Invitation

This is an example of an email that you can forward to friends. Click on
this envelope and it will take you to a full invitation.

Once a venue is booked, contact Generous Giving with details. At this point, we will provide you with an electronic invitation to send to those you plan to invite.

Resources for Inviting Friends

Invitation Language

Over the last several years of inviting people to Generous Giving experiences, we have found some language that is helpful in that process. The following information is intended to share some of that language with you so that it can inform you as you adapt it to your own situation. In almost every case, our favorite phrase is this:

I’ve experienced you as a generous person, and I’d like to invite you to an experience where you’ll be around other people that are like you and will encourage you in an area that I know is important to you.

That language is important because people tend to naturally read into things from their own insecurity, imagining that you are saying, “I’d like you to come to Generous Giving because I don’t think you’re generous.” See the scenarios below for some additional ideas.

I am a giver inviting friends:

Personalize this invitation especially from your own experience – talk about what you’ve experienced and invite your friends to be part of that. I am attempting to live this message in my own life, and I could use the encouragement of others who are in it with me. I’d love for you to come into an environment where we can experience this journey together. I like you, and want to hang out with you!

I am a ministry leader inviting my board:

You are investing meaningfully in the mission of our organization. In order to accomplish our goals we need to further a culture of generosity among our constituents. I know that an overnight retreat is a significant request, but I need your help. I’d like for the board to experience and critique a Journey of Generosity before we roll it out among other stakeholders.

I am a ministry leader inviting donors:

You are investing meaningfully in the mission of our organization. This is an event that is totally designed to thank you for that investment and to bless you. You won’t leave this experience feeling like you’re being developed for more funds, but like you’re being encouraged on your journey. This is not a fundraising event. We will not ask you for money at this event, nor will Generous Giving. This event isn’t about our organization at all – it’s a spiritual retreat. It’s a discipleship event FOR you, not a fundraising event looking for something FROM you.

I am a pastor inviting my elders:

You are investing meaningfully in the mission of our church. In order to accomplish our goals we need to further a culture of generosity among our constituents. I know that an overnight retreat is a significant request, but I need your help. I’d like for the elders to experience and critique a Journey of Generosity before we roll it out among the rest of the congregation.

I am a pastor inviting church members:

You are investing meaningfully in the mission of our organization. This is an event that is totally designed to thank you for that investment and to bless you. You won’t leave this experience feeling like you’re being developed for more funds, but like you’re being encouraged on your journey. This is not a fundraising event. We will not ask you for money at this event, nor will Generous Giving. This event isn’t about our church at all – it’s a spiritual retreat. It’s a discipleship event FOR you, not a fundraising event looking for something FROM you. As a church, we are looking for ways to cultivate peoples’ spiritual gifts. We’ve realized we do very little to cultivate the gift of giving, other than asking those people for money. This experience is designed to affirm and encourage those with the gift of giving and to say thank you for your contribution.

I am an advisor inviting clients:

One of the things I’ve observed as a financial advisor is that my clients who are generous experience greater joy and fulfillment in life, so I’m hosting this experience to invite my important clients to experience the joy of giving. This message has blessed me and I want to share it with others in a safe environment where there is no personal agenda from me or from Generous Giving.

I am an advisor inviting advisors:

Getting involved with Generous Giving has been the place that I’ve really seen my career and calling come together as a financial advisor, and I’d love to invite you to explore that with me. Come to a conversation around giving that is different than any conversation you’ve ever had before. I’d like for you to experience this because it may be a tool that you can use in your practice as a tool that you can use to deepen your relationships with certain clients. I’ve found that I had to experience this generosity message more deeply for myself before I could really represent it well with clients, and I believe that your engaging the message this way will be beneficial for your work.

I am any one inviting influencers:

A primary issue keeping the North American Church from meaningful spiritual growth is materialism. I found an organization who exists to combat materialism without asking for anything for themselves. Will you join me by participating in this experience to evaluate whether it’s a tool that we can deploy in our community (or elsewhere) to help others embrace a joyful life of biblical generosity.