The campus can be a great place to learn basic ministry skills. With a large pool of humanity, we typically can find enough people to share Christ with and follow up those who respond to the Gospel and model that to those we are training or discipling.
If a freshman, eager to learn how to share her faith, can’t find others interested in her dorm, she can get experience sharing in other dorms. We in the campus ministry apply the principle of “sowing broadly” regularly. That makes it possible to train thousands of students every year to share their faith, follow up new believers and disciple others.
But what happens when a student graduates, leaving a campus of thousands, and takes a job in an office with 18 co-workers? What if they aren’t able to find anyone interested in that office, and the only believer is twice their age, divorced and someone they can’t relate to. How do you “do” ministry there?
That’s why I like The Missional Map. Rather than categorize people as interested/not interested, it asks five questions about each person we are trying to reach.
- Do they Trust Me?
- Do they have a Growing Curiosity?
- Are they Open to Change?
- Are they Seeking God?
- Are they Following Jesus?
The Missional Map helps us to engage specifically with each person.
If you are familiar with I Once Was Lost by Don Everts and Doug Schaupp, these questions are similar to the five thresholds of faith a person must cross to come to Christ.
While the Missional Map was designed for team use, here are two ways those in your ministry could use it.
- A sophomore in a dorm, could list every resident on his floor. The guys in 301, 302, 303… Then he would think through each person. Who on the floor trusts me? Which ones have a growing curiosity? Etc.
- A faculty member or a grad student can list every person in her department and similarly think through those questions.
This more approximates what a graduate will encounter as they seek to have a ministry in the marketplace. Ministry is much more relational. Most of it begins on that trust level. Are we building the relationship? Do they know we care? Can they trust us enough to share deeper stuff?
Why not print out a bunch of copies of the map? Then when you meet with disciples over the next few weeks, help them think through those they rub shoulders with most frequently and map where they are on the journey with each one.
Coaching Tips on I Once Was Lost
Similar evangelism themes.