Continuing our Evangelism blog series, our next stop is evangelism events. You see, what is the point in training our students in evangelism, if we don’t allow them to use it. As Andy Stanley says in his book, The Seven Checkpoints, “We waste our time and breath if we tell our teenagers that God has equipped each of them for ministry and then not provide opportunities for them to do just that.”
Listen, the sky is the limit here. Events range from dodgeball to paintball, shopping to scavenger hunts, and formal dinners to eating contests. If you are a youth worker reading this, you could probably rattle off 200 evangelistic events off the top of your head. If not, next week, I’ll provide a list of event ideas for you.
This week is more about the preparation and purposeful evangelism of each event. You know, there is a time and place to host an event for unity or to get to know students. But for the most part, events need to have a purpose, and when it is evangelism, be purposeful in your planning.
Here are 4 things to implement in your next evangelistic event:
- Hunting is not allowed. Your evangelistic events should not be a hunting experience, where you shoot down visitors with the Gospel, and simply have a count by the end of the day. NO! Have a detailed plan of follow-up for these events. Counselors available immediately after the speaker/gospel are vital to the students first steps in the family of God. Registration cards for long-term follow-up and discipling are a must.
- No age limit. Who said the speaker and workers had to be adults. Get your students involved. Let them be the speaker. Let them plan the event and the details. Give them opportunity to use their gifts for the sake of the Gospel!
- I need a witness. Testimonies are powerful. If you are not a speaker, or your student has trouble coming up with a message…give your story. Your story of salvation is the second best story ever told. The first is the Gospel. Tell them both!
- Join the Party. When someone gives their life to Jesus, join the party in heaven. Don’t just raise your hands with heads bowed, have them stand up. Cheer for what happened. This may not work everywhere, but when someone accepts Christ, celebrate it whenever possible.