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Training Students to Share Their Faith

Training students to share their faith is a cornerstone of every Student Venture movement. It is a good idea to have this training built into your ministry. You can do this in several ways.

  1. Train students at conferences. Our Getaways and Christmas conferences always offer training for students at all levels of spiritual maturity. The basic level offers excellent training for students in how to share their faith.
  2. Train students at special weekend meetings. You may want to offer a "How to Share Your Faith" workshop on a Saturday morning after some doughnuts and juice.
  3. Train students through your discipleship groups.

After you advance past some of the basic truths you will teach in your discipleship group, it would be an excellent time to train students to give their personal testimony of how they became a Christian and how to share their faith. (See  "Preparing a Personal Testimony.")

Teaching young people the importance of reaching others and training them to do so is a major part of discipleship. Evangelism is commanded in God's Word (Mark 16:15, 2 Timothy 4:5), and one of the keys of being a disciple is obedience. If we want to see young people develop spiritually, we will teach them the why's and how's of sharing their faith and help them reach out to their peers.

Second, anyone who even casually observes students interacting with peers would agree that they greatly influence each other. Therefore, if we as youth leaders desire to see young people reached, it would make sense for us to spend time training students to share their faith. Imagine the impact of 20 students who know how to lead someone to Christ and who can also show their student who respond how they can lead someone else to Christ!

As you help students learn how to effectively communicate their faith with their peers, here are some steps to follow:

1. Emphasize a growing relationship with Christ.

It is important to remember that spiritual maturity is not a pre-requisite for evangelism. Acts 1:8 says we must be obedient and Spirit-filled; young Christians can be obedient and Spirit-filled. Be sure you are emphasizing a growing relationship with Christ and the student is seeking to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

2. Help them develop a "heart for the lost."

Matthew 9:36-38 gives us the example of Jesus vision. Help students develop a compassion like His:

  • Go to an unfamiliar part of town.
  • Go to ballgame on campus; how many of these people do you think have a personal relationship with God? How will they ever hear?
  • Share Scripture with the students that reveal God's heart for the lost.
  • Pray for these people.
  • Implement a plan of action.

3. Teach them to turn relationships and conversations to Christ.

Here are some ways to naturally turn a conversation to Christ:

  • "I deal with that a lot myself. Can I share with you how I have begun to handle the situation?"
  • "Do you ever think about God or spiritual things?"
  • "Could I share with you what I have learned about knowing God personally?"
  • "You have talked about a particular need you have. I've learned how God helps in that area. Can I tell you about it?"
  • "What do you think it means to be a Christian?"
  • After a student has attended one of your meetings, you can ask, "What is your opinion about what was said? Can I tell you more about Christ?"
  • If you gave him a Christian article, newspaper or magazine to read, the next time you see him, ask, "Did you get a chance to read the article? What did you think about what you read? Let's talk about it."
  • "Can I share this booklet called the Connecting with God with you?"

4. Train them how to share the gospel. (See "Using an Evangelistic Tool to Share Christ.")

Focus your training on how to use an evangelistic tool. The Connecting with God booklet is an excellent tool to assist you in evangelism. Here are some quick pointers in how to use it:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Show them how to use it with another person. Role play with other students.
  • Emphasize being personal while reading through the tool. Ask questions to the hearer to ensure comprehension.
  • Have students try to deal with questions after they have read through the entire booklet. This helps keep the focus on Jesus.
  • Be sure to give the person the opportunity to receive Christ.

5. Provide opportunities for students to share their faith.

The most important part of training is practical application. Take students with you for follow-up appointments and random afternoons of meeting new people.

6. Help students with their personal outreach.

Suggest opportunities for evangelism at school or at work. Encourage them to bring friends to the Bible study or to set up appointments to share Christ with their friends.

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