How to Use
Questionnaires can be used to survey the
opinions and interests of a group of friends who you spend time with, a group of athletes
or an entire athletic team, club, etc. Its exciting to get peoples opinions
and to discern their needs and interest in knowing Jesus Christ.
Questionnaires are designed to lead into the
gospel, so it is important to be prepared to share your faith. They also help you
gradually and naturally transition into the gospel with a person. For someone who is
sharing for the first time, a transition tool like a questionnaire may be just what he
needs to be confident. You may also consider posting the results in the school paper to
generate more exposure for your movement, or using it as a springboard to have an
evangelistic debate or meeting.
Questionnaires can be used anytime during the
school year. In making your plans to use questionnaires, determine whom you want to talk
with, and how and when you will meet with them.
Here are some ideas that will help. Just
follow these steps:
- Make a list of the people you want to talk
- Give them a call or talk to them personally
and explain that you are surveying a number of students, getting their opinions on a
particular subject, and seeing how their religious views relate to that area of interest.
- When you get together with your friend or
acquaintance to ask the questions, briefly explain again what you are doing and why you
are doing it, and then begin your way through the questionnaire.
- If you are using the questionnaire on a day of
outreach, and you are talking with new people who you have never met, be friendly, tell
them who you are, and explain what you are doing.
- Usually it will take about 10-15 minutes to go
through the questionnaire. Of course, this depends on the needs and the spiritual interest
of the person you are talking with.
- The questions toward the end of the
questionnaire will help a person express his interest in spiritual issues. The last
question is very important. It can help you discern whether or not the individual you are
talking with wants to know how they can personally know Jesus Christ. If this is their
desire and interest, take time with them using an evangelistic tool or other presentation
that will explain how to receive Jesus Christ into their life.
- If the person is interested in knowing more
about Christ but does not have time to talk, get their phone number and set up an
appointment with them to talk further. Leave the evangelistic booklet with them so that
they can read it on their own in the mean time. If you will not see the person again, ask
for their address and correspond with them.
- If the person is not interested in talking
more about Christ, thank them for their answers and opinions. If you feel it is
appropriate, offer to leave an evangelistic booklet with them to read on their own.
- You can also choose to calculate the results
of your surveys and present them to your youth group or campus movement.
- Use the results to help you pray for the needs
of students or perhaps write articles about the general trends that you see on your
campus. They can also help you make plans for future outreaches.
Surveying students on campus could become a
natural part of your movement. Discipleship leaders can regularly take members of their
group out to give questionnaires randomly on campus after school to show them how to
uncover spiritual interest in initiative evangelism.
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