The Ministry of Invitation

The Ministry of Invitation

Every Friendship starts with an invitation

It feels good to be invited to something, doesn’t it? Invitations speak of a level of inclusion and acceptance that warms our heart. Remember how important invitations were when you were growing up? Life’s greatest joys and trials often revolved around being included and invited.


Don’t wait to be invited.

Invitations can be easy to overlook in the midst of our over-croweded schedules. We forget how powerful an invitation can be to encourage, include, initiate, develop and deepen relationships.

How many of us hope for others to invite us, yet we neglect to invite as well? Have you noticed that when everyone is waiting for someone else to do the inviting that there is not much going on?

What keeps us from inviting others?

In this season of my life, I find myself forgetting to invite others because of the busyness of my schedule with three older children. I also find myself limited because of time and energy. Some days I just run out of steam. My biggest challenge is simply remembering to plan ahead and issue the invitation.

It can be a sacrifice to plan and protect the time to prepare a meal for a guest, to have my home in reasonable order. Sometimes I just get into a rut and find myself running the same bases over and over, forgetting to look up and remember how fun it is to invite someone new into relationship, to initiate what can become a new friendship.

I forget how fulfilling it is to invite a friend into a deeper relationship—and yet I long for those deeper relationships.

Don’t we all?

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to show hospitality to others.

The house doesn’t have to be spotless and the meal doesn’t have to be five courses on your best china. Keeping things simple provides an easy time to get folks together. Meet at a restaurant, initiate game night rather than a meal, or host a potluck–all simple ways to invite others and show hospitality. If you have a fire pit, fall is a great time to gather friends and neighbors.

 Silly celebrations

When we think of  invitation as a ministry, we can relax our self-expectations and put the importance on spending time with people. In reality, it is great to invite people over, but the power for relationship accelerates when we learn to invite others in.

Most often we think about invitations in terms of doing something or joining something. However, the most important invitations are the ones in which we invite someone into a deeper connection or relationship.

 These are the invitations that open hearts and cement friendships.

These are the invitations that can change lives.

Every great friendship  starts with an invitation.

Enjoy the ministry of invitation. Who can you invite today?



5 Responses to The Ministry of Invitation
  1. Kari Scare
    October 21, 2013 | 6:30 am

    I like how you made a distinction between inviting someone “over” and inviting them “in.” There’s a vulnerability & authenticity that separates the two. My husband & I have said we want to do more inviting “over,” but I think we’re realling talking about inviting “in.” You could do a follow-up post getting more into those differences. Thanks for planting this in me.

    • Ginger Harrington
      October 21, 2013 | 2:50 pm

      You’re right about the distinction between inviting someone over and inviting someone it. We can do both at the same time, but we have to be intentional about inviting others in. A follow up post is a good idea:)

  2. Melanie Wilson
    October 21, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    This is something really important to me. Attended a Bible study on the topic and then had a Christmas gathering designed to teach people how to host a similar gathering in their homes to share the Gospel. It was really wonderful. In fact, I think we should have a gathering at our house again this year! Thanks for the inspiration, Ginger.

  3. Ginger Harrington
    October 21, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    What a great topic for a small group to discuss together. I love the way you are incorporating sharing Christ with hospitality.

  4. susie klein
    October 21, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Inviting them over is a way of taking the friendship to a new level. I love that thought! We all have SO many surface relationships don’t we? You have reminded us how to move it to a deeper and more satisfying place. Thank you. Susie