I once heard a minister tell a story about being new to a congregation and noticing an elderly man who attended services each week, faithfully sitting front and center.
Upon learning that the man was not a member of the church the minister sought him out after a service to inquire about why he had never joined. “No one ever asked me,” the man responded.
Invitations can be very powerful.
While they don’t ensure acceptance, more often than not people are willing to step up to greater involvement when they are encouraged to do so.
At least that was true in my career as I was invited to take on new, more challenging responsibilities or encouraged to apply for positions that felt far beyond my reach.
An invitation, of course, is only the first step. Ensuring the success of those we promote often requires mentoring, coaching, and other carefully-considered developmental experiences.
But it all begins with an invitation.
In what ways have invitations enriched your life or career, and how have you sought to ensure the success of those you have invited to take on new challenges?