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.
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:
3. Teach them to turn relationships and conversations to Christ.
Here are some ways to naturally turn a conversation to Christ:
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:
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.