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If i may answer, I don't have as much of a "what to do" answer as a "what not to do" answer. Whatever you do, should be not too dissimilar from your normal meetings so visitors get an accurate depiction of what your meetings are like. But I would strongly discourage you doing some sort of high-pressure gospel presentation that says "We just brought you to make converts." Focus on building relationships and group interaction. There are some great interactive game ideas for all sizes of groups and venues at www.thesource4ym.com. Questionnaires with random questions are always fun and allow people to learn things about each other.

 

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the last 3 years we have done "bring a friend" night after going to the Dare 2 Share conferences.

When planning, try to do things that don't put new students on the spot.

you don't want to freak them out so they never want to come back.

we will often play games where new students get to choose who participates in the their place - meaning they often choose the person who brings them to participate in a game.

also, anything that involved making them feel welcomed.

just a couple thoughts.

Jim

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I do more push to bring a friend night to a fun event/activity and build a relationship there and then work on getting them to come to the next level of programing.

NOW I always encourage students to invite their friends to ALL our services, but find it most beneficial and more invited to a game or fun night

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Perhaps the concept is the issue I see here. When an event turns into "bring a friend", we miss the contagious activity that Christianity so desires and requires. It doesn't matter what event you do really, but more on the back door principle- now that you have attracted so many students, how will you attach them? So maybe shift the focus, because anything can work if you put enough time and effort into it, and focus in on how to attach the "new-to-you" students you attract, otherwise, all you succeeded in doing was hold a large event, and who really cares about that?

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Have you ever heard of the acronym CPR when you're talking about evangelism?

Cultivate - Have a chance to start a conversation about God, see where a student is at, even if they're open to talk about God.
Plant - plant a seed about what life is like with God, start the conversation about becoming a follower of Christ.
Reap - pray with the student, and help them start their new spiritual Journey.

Your first event should follow the first one, have games, show a fun time, and then maybe a short 5-minute testimony about how your life has changed with God. Something to just get the students thinking about God so you can plant a seed later.

Hope this helps.

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