How To Host:
Anna Johns, our Development Officer, would love to walk with each Host through the entire process of planning and hosting a House Party. If you’re interested, here’s what you do:
Contact Anna Johns to let her know you’re interested in being a Host or fill out the contact form on our House Parties homepage
Pick a date for your House Party
Determine a Guest List (as you consider who to invite, keep in mind that House Parties are intended to broaden our donor base and encourage guests to partner with The House)
Host the Party
As a host, your contribution to The House is the party itself!
**During the evening, college students from The House will provide free babysitting for any guests with children.**
Schedule of Events:
Our basic script for a House Party is a homerun for all involved, but if a Host would like to personalize their event for something which better fits their culture or the culture of the guests (game nights, whiskey nights, cupcake wars, cookouts, etc), the following script can be adapted easily.
7:00-7:30: Guests arrive, are welcomed, offered a drink, and introduced to one another.
7:30-8:20: Guests mingle
8:20-8:30: Guests are gathered for 10 minutes for the Host to do the following: a) thank guests for coming and supporting The House, b) share a brief testimony about why they support The House, c) encourage their guests to support The House, and d) pray for the ministry.
8:30-9:00 Guests are able to talk with the Host / The House staff member about what is going on in the ministry, ways to get involved, ask any questions, etc.
9:00: Say goodbye, reiterate thankfulness for guests’ presence.
What You’ll Say When Talking About The House:
I want to take a minute and say thank you for coming. The House has been close to my/our heart(s) since ___________ and means so much to us because_______________. The reason we are hosting these House Parties is because we believe some of you will want to begin or increase your partnership and support of The House. Some of you might be called to it. Maybe that means giving $1,000 tonight or setting up a recurring gift of $50/month. Or it might mean serving on our Board of Directors or leading a Core Group or hosting an intern for a year at your home. By coming tonight and donating $40/person, you have already made a generous contribution to the house. So no matter what, thank you for coming tonight and supporting this ministry that means so much to me/us. I would love it if you would join me for a minute of prayer for the students of The House. And afterward, ____________ [Staff member] is hanging out with us to talk about what’s going on in the ministry if you want to hear about it or the ways that you can get involved in partnering with The House. Let’s pray. [Prayer] Again, thank you so much for coming tonight and hearing about ways you can partner in this discipleship work in our city. Hang out as long as you’d like, but the babysitters will only be available for another hour.