As you infuse the 7 Values of a Gospel Advancing Ministry into your youth ministry, your end goal of making disciples who make disciples comes into sharper focus. A Gospel Advancing mindset provides you with a grid through which you can evaluate the true merits of various ideas and options that hit your radar. Establishing your ministry goals and priorities enables you to say “no” to some things, so that you can more fully focus your efforts on your top priorities. In our last Mobilize article, we explored how Gospel Advancing Value #1, intercessory prayer and provide you with some practical ideas for how to integrate an intercessory prayer strategy into your ministry.
This week, let’s unpack Value #2 of a Gospel Advancing Ministry, relational evangelism.
Value #2: Relational Evangelism
Students reaching students with the gospel through relational evangelism must be a central focus for every thriving Gospel Advancing Ministry. The key to true impact is creating a context where evangelism thrives.
Once again, we can turn to the book of Acts to find a moving example of how the early believers lived this out.
“…When Priscilla and Aquila heard him [Apollos], they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately” (Acts 18:26).
This short, subtle verse gives us a snapshot into how relational evangelism was done in the early church by the “non-rock stars”—those who didn’t have the kind of public persona of the more widely known apostles like Paul, Peter and Philip.
Priscilla and Aquila listened to Apollos. They took the time to understand who he was and what he believed. Through listening, they identified the gaps in his understanding. And “they invited him into their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” They didn’t jump on him and beat him with their gospel bats. They lovingly helped him see the gaps in what he believed, and Apollos consequently became a powerful ambassador of the gospel in the hands of God.
In the same way, you must help your teenagers learn how to pull “an Aquila and Priscilla” with their friends. They need to get motivated to share the gospel, learn how to listen and find the critical gaps in other’s understanding of the good news, and then explain “the way of God” to them more accurately.
The Basic Ingredients for Effective Evangelism
But let’s get practical, before your students are ready to share their faith like Aquila and Priscilla, perhaps you’ll need to lay some evangelism training groundwork. Here’s a checklist of basic ingredients needed for effective relational evangelism. Do you have these basic covered?
- Inspiration. Your students need to catch a vision for sharing the gospel with everyone in their circles of influence—friends, classmates, teammates and so on—because eternity hangs in the balance. As Romans 10:14-15, they have a vital role to play. “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?”
- Training. Your students need to know how to relationally share the gospel in a clear, complete, compelling way. Students don’t learn gospel fluency by osmosis, like any life skill, it takes deliberate training and practice.
- Faith-sharing Tools. Whether it’s shareable conversation-starting videos, thought-provoking photos or a mobile app, getting the right tools into your students’ hands can make a world of difference. Having easy-to-use, social media-ready faith-sharing resources at their fingertips can give your students the confidence and courage they need to get the conversation started.
- The Spirit of God at Work. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere” (Acts 1:8). Did you catch that? “YOU WILL receive power… YOU WILL be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere.” Those promises include you and your students!
Let D2S Ignite Your Students for Evangelism!
If you need help with your checklist—or just need your group’s evangelism fire rekindled—Dare 2 Share has got the perfect solution for you—Dare 2 Share LIVE! This one-day student evangelism training event happening on October 13th, 2018, can actually change the Gospel Advancing trajectory of your youth group for the rest of your school year! Why not let us do the heavy lifting at Dare 2 Share LIVE and ignite a faith-sharing passion and confidence in your students that will mobilize them to step out and share their faith with their friends throughout the rest of the school year?
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This national, live, multi-site training and outreach event is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for your teenagers to receive high-energy training, activation, and inspiration. Broadcast from Denver, Colorado, Dare 2 Share LIVE will be simulcast to 100+ locations nationwide. Then, at the exact same time from coast-to-coast, students will be released into their communities to have spiritual conversations and serve with love.
Dare 2 Share LIVE delivers the first three basic ingredients on the “Effective Evangelism” checklist in a single day of training and outreach! And the Jesus, Himself, has already promised you the fourth ingredient on the list! So don’t miss this opportunity on October 13th, 2018, to join together with thousands of other youth leaders and students. Kick off your 2018-2019 school year with this catalytic, big event that’s designed to launch a student-led movement of gospel conversations all across the country. Find a location near you and get your tickets today!
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The greatest mission field your teenagers can impact is their high school campus. For most teens, the school year provides their greatest opportunity to mingle with many, many unreached students. Are your teens motivated and mobilized to take the gospel with them to their campuses this school year?
When you prioritize Gospel Advancing Value #2—relational evangelism—deep into your youth ministry’s fabric, your students will begin to see their campuses through the eyes of Jesus, great things happen. The light of Jesus shines in the darkness. As teens reach teens with the gospel, lives are transformed for all eternity.