Age of conversion
Faith story work sheet
Writing your testimony
Short-term missions resources
Key chapters of the Bible
Two churches' attitudes toward missions
10 ways to avoid becoming a missionary
Difficult group members
Do you have a missions call?
"Lord, teach us to pray"
NMI resources page
Ministry, Church and Society course resources
|"Stand still? NEVER! Not
while the promises of revival are still unknown for this generation. Not while Christ
is still a stranger to countless lost and dying souls around the world. Not while there is still one
blind and stubborn heart that refuses to give praise and honor to our King Jesus!"|
— David Smithers
people matter to you the way they matter to God, what would your
life look like?|
"We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard"(Acts 4:20 — Peter and John to the Sanhedrin)
Half of the unchurched Americans surveyed by Gallup pollsters said they intend to return to active church participation some day. Of that group, one in 5 said they would start back to church if someone would just talk to them about spiritual matters.
So, how do you move a conversation to the level of talking with friends about a relationship with God and the assurance of salvation?
Look through this list and see how easy it is to test if a door is being opened for you to talk about spiritual things with:
Some of the questions will initiate conversations that could be labeled pre-evangelism.
This list is not meant to be something you put on a piece of paper which you pull out of your pocket or purse as you start talking to someone. These are given to demonstrate the variety of ways that an opportunity can be given for people to talk with us on a deeper level.
When you ask a question like one of those below, listen carefully to the person's response. Don't be more concerned about what you are going to say next than you are about what the person is saying to you!
For additional information on ministry to the terminally ill, see "6 don'ts for ministry to the dying."
The above questions are based on a list compiled by Harvey Elder for counselors to use in personal history taking.
"Help me overcome my unbelief!" -- Mark 9:24
Dr. Brint Montgomery, professor of philosophy at Southern Nazarene University, starts conversations with those struggling in their spiritual journey by asking them the question: "Wouldn't you like to have faith in something?"
He then tries to lead a conversation through five steps:
This is usually not a journey that is completed in one conversation. It is more of a process than an event.
"Without God" graphic from a Church Ad Project poster: www.churchad.com
|What are the changes which occur in people as they come to faith in Christ? Should attempts at sharing our faith with other people take into account the journey they are on? [ read more ]|
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