Why Do We Invite All?

    An effective invitation is necessary to invite students to attend seminary and institute. Fortunately, it’s easy to learn the process.
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    Stephen Curry, all-star basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, understands the relationship between success and hard work. “Previous achievement is old,” he explained (Chris Matyszczyk, “Want to Be a Repeat Success? Stephen Curry Reveals the Secret,” Inc.com, Oct. 25, 2016). Greatness is often a product of learning from the past but never being satisfied with the current state. If we do not continue to adapt, we will not continue to succeed.

    Inviting students to attend seminary and institute is at the core of what we do as religious educators. However, we must get better at it. We cannot simply invite students to attend; we also have to invite them to participate, to read, to complete the course, to feel the Spirit, to apply what they have learned, and to share with their families and friends what they have learned and experienced.

    Fortunately, it is easy to learn how to make effective invitations. Part of the 2017–18 Invite All priority is an initiative called “A Process for Success.”  We have reviewed hundreds of stories of successful invitations and have identified six principles that, when used, will increase the likelihood of a student accepting that invitation. These key principles are:

    • Identify and choosing the correct opportunity.

    • Create and implement a clear plan.

    • Work with priesthood leaders and others.

    • Evaluate the success of the invitation.

    • Share and report the results.

    • Adjust the process as necessary.

    We invite you—areas, programs, faculties, and individuals—to use these principles to enhance your invitations to students to have a more meaningful experience in seminary and institute. As you do so, the lives of your students will be blessed, and they will better come to feel the love of their Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.