Encouraging people to invite their friends, family members and colleagues to an Alpha is the best way to grow your Alpha course. However many people struggle with this. Sometimes they think that their friend is going to say “no” and so decide not to even bother asking. However we must remember we do not know where our friends are in their journey. They may be looking to explore life, faith and meaning and they are just waiting for an invite.

This animated story has been put together to help encourage people to invite.

A young man walked to work every day.
He worked on the 15th floor of a downtown skyscraper.
Every day he got in the lift and rode it to the floor where he worked. He usually didn’t know any of the people in the lift, but he nodded and smiled at them.
On one Wednesday morning, he followed his normal routine and entered the lift.
But halfway up to his floor, the city suffered a power failure and the lift stopped.

The young man and the strangers in the lift were trapped.
At first there was momentary panic, as all seven of them started trying to talk at the same time.
But then the young man remembered the tiny flashlight he had in his pocket.
When he turned it on, the fear dissipated. Over the next 45 minutes they were stuck together, they told jokes, laughed and even sang.

The bible says we are that flashlight. Just as the flashlight draws power from its batteries, we draw power from Jesus. As light, we dissipate fear, bring relief, and lift spirits. We don’t even have to be big to be effective. We just have to be on.