Invitation Language

 

GENEROSITY PATH RETREATS

Over the last several years of inviting folks to Journey of Generosity retreats, we have found some language that is helpful in that process. This document 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 who 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 this retreat 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 organisation. This is an event that is totally designed to thank you for that investment and to bless you. Givers don’t leave these experiences feeling like they’re being developed for more funds, but like they’re being encouraged in their journey.
  • This is not a fundraising event. No one will ask you for money. This event isn’t about our organisation 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 organisation. This is an event that is totally designed to thank you for that investment and to bless you. Givers don’t leave these experiences feeling like they’re being developed for more funds, but like they’re being encouraged in their journey.
  • This is not a fundraising event. No one will ask you for money. 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 people’s 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 self-interested agenda from me or from Generosity Path.


I am an advisor inviting advisors:

  • Getting involved with the generosity movement 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 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 engaging the message this way will be beneficial for your work.


I am anyone of those folks inviting influencers:

  • A primary issue keeping the church from meaningful spiritual growth is materialism. I found an organisation that 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?