The Great Summer Grill Adventure is your chance to party like Jesus by creating social environments that are more than fun!
Step 1: Find people to help you throw parties
Don’t go it alone! Invite some friends to help you reach people this summer. You’ll team up to prepare food, invite guests, host, and clean up.
Step 2: Imagine who you could reach
Brainstorm people you could invite to your parties. Consider people in your apartment complex, neighborhood, workplace, or school; maybe friends in your networks or a certain ethnic or social group. It could be anything, from single parents to avid meat-eaters, etc.
Step 3: Throw at least 3 parties
Consider a consistent place, time, and theme to create repetition for relationship-building, sharing of stories. You may also consider a consistent theme (pancake breakfasts, fish Fridays, potluck dinner, and of course, BBQ/grill adventures!). Repetition creates focus, familiarity, and momentum.
Step 4: Pray “What’s Next?”
Pray before each party, but also afterwards, in order to ask God to lead you to follow up with and relate to those who come. You’ll probably become aware of needs in their lives or families that you can try to meet.
Step 5: Post!
Post a photo of your parties on Normandale's Facebook page!
FAPQ’S (FREQUENTLY ASKED PARTY QUESTIONS)
What is the goal of these parties? To build relationships with people who don’t know Jesus or don't have a church family. Jesus shared time and meals to connect with people, while building bridges upon which meaningful conversation and sacrificial serving would eventually occur.
Who should I ask to be on my team? Just about anyone. Put the feelers out on social media, among church friends, at work, or on your street about what you’re hoping to do. Something like "Anyone interested in throwing some neighborhood grill parties with me this summer to meet and encourage new people?" You’ll be surprised by what happens.
I have an apartment. Do we have to grill? No. You can do any kind of social gathering around any sort of food or drink, whether coffee, cheese, potluck, or pastries.
Should we plan to pray at these parties? Probably not. The goal is to invite people from all walks of life, and so you’ll want to build relationships as a top priority. If you focus on that, you’ll eventually discover opportunities for prayer and support.
Thanks to Surprise Church in Bismarck for this great missional idea!