Small Group Invitation to Faith

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How to Invite Your Small Group Members to Faith in Jesus

Good invitations to faith require good preparation. This resource will help any student, staff person, or faculty member explain the gospel and invite response.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Calls to Faith

Why make a call to faith?

The goal is to be doers of God's Word, not just hearers. We are creating a “culture of response.” It can feel awkward the first time you invite people to respond to God’s Word. We suggest 2 weeks in a row, to help you and your students get comfortable with inviting people to respond.

How do we get non-Christians into our group?

Try reaching out on social media, offering an intriguing invitation. After learning to post compelling stories, please also do a good follow-up to take the conversation a little deeper. Then, invite them to the event where you will offer your invitation to faith. Having non-Christians in the room is important in order to see fruit from calls to faith.

What happens after someone comes to faith in our group?

Please make sure that someone follows up with every new faith decision, and cast vision for being a life-long disciple of Jesus. Also, help them cement their new faith by coaching them to share their story with others. Hearing new believers tell their fresh faith stories catalyzes seekers to put their faith in Jesus. Let’s pray for God moments to become God movements on your campus!

Can I make a call to faith on Zoom?

Yes! Here are four simple steps:

  1. Screen share the above gospel summary and invitation and read it out loud.
  2. Allow them to process in breakout rooms of 3-4 people.
  3. Help your friends indicate their decision by posting in the chat or filling out a short survey during the meeting. (Taking a few minutes to wait for everyone to fill out the survey greatly improves your ability to follow up.)
  4. Within 24 hours, help your students follow up with nominal Christians and seekers after the invitation to faith. They should text, "What did you think of small group? Were you inspired to take any next steps?"

 

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This resource has been tested and approved by InterVarsity’s National Strategy & Innovation team for campus ministry. Explore more resources by visiting the Accelerated Small Group Leadership Collection.

 

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Jamie Ladipo serves as the Associate National Director of Evangelism. She first got involved with InterVarsity at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where she decided to follow Jesus. After graduation she moved to Kansas to begin planting InterVarsity in the state. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband Paul and son Toby.

Rev. Doug Schaupp serves as the National Director of Evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

He became a follower of Jesus at Occidental College at the end of his freshman year in 1986.  A group of InterVarsity students made a safe place for one crazy freshman to explore Jesus- and he's forever grateful for them.  After graduating, he worked at UCLA for 10 years, learned how to contextualize the Gospel, tried a million crazy things and most of them failed.  Since then, he's served as the Los Angeles Divisional Director and as the Regional Director for Southern California.

A writer and teacher, he focuses on the alignment of the gospel and racial reconciliation, postmodern evangelism, and leadership development. He and his wife have served in both Korean-American, and African-American church contexts. He is based in Los Angeles and graduated from Fuller Seminary. He is a coauthor of Being WhiteI Once Was Lost, and Breaking the Huddle. Breaking the Huddle is Outreach Magazine's "outreach resource of the year" (2018).

He is a father of three, and has coached all of their soccer teams. Doug's personal goal is to play ultimate-frisbee 3 times a week.

Find Doug on Twitter @dougschaupp