“I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and now it’s time. What’s involved in hosting a Journey of Generosity for my cell group?”
Generosity Is Contagious
We love this question. All over the world, men and women who have heard the message of generosity want to spread the message. It’s too good to keep to ourselves.
Several months ago, I led a Journey of Generosity (JOG) for a group of Ethiopian leaders. When I saw them this week, they told me that they’ve already spread the message to more than 700 other people, who are now spreading it as well. Generosity is contagious!
Encouragement from Daryl
Our founder, Daryl Heald, writes this about hosting a JOG:
You are part of this growing community of people who have experienced heart transformation in your own generosity and now seek to share it with friends and family. We are grateful to serve you in this effort! Ask: “What does God want for you and for those you might invite to participate?” As you pray and think about people in your community who would come to a Journey of Generosity, what is God laying on your heart?
Using the JOG to Stir Up Your Friends
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Pray About Whom to Invite
Start creating a list of people who you might invite and pray over those names. Perhaps you will feel led have some initial conversations with those people, sharing a bit of your own story related to the experience.
As you pray and think about people in your community who would come to a Journey of Generosity, what is God laying on your heart?
This is a highly relational investment and it’s OK if you have friends who aren’t quite ready to engage like you have. This is a countercultural message but the good news is that God is moving. He is working in peoples’ hearts and He will get the right people there!
Consider Dates and Potential Venues
When you are ready, the first step is to email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can introduce you to the person on our team best positioned to serve you. When you reach out, please be prepared to let us know three initial things:
- The potential dates you are considering
- The venue you prefer
- An initial list of those you hope to invite
Consider the Investment You’re Making in Your Friends’ JOG
Most hosts provide food and lodging for the JOG as a gift to their friends. Others have the attendees pay for their lodging and cover the food. In our experience, though, your friends are most moved by the message of generosity when they’re experiencing your generosity. They may not be sure what the message of generosity is about, but they want to honor you by receiving the gift of a night away from you.
Beyond the financial investment, hosting a JOG takes time. Be prepared to spend time making arrangements, sending invitations, and answering questions.
Hosting a Journey of Generosity is a very special undertaking, so let us know when you are ready to talk further! We pray regularly for our hosts and the special work they are doing to spread a message of Biblical generosity.