Your semester is done. Your seniors graduated. Returning students are home getting ready for summer project or already working their summer jobs. (And they will participate in Mission Summer, right?!)
You know those going on a project will have evangelism and discipleship opportunities. But, how about those at home this summer?
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, modeling to those we are training or discipling. Our principle of “sowing broadly” makes it possible to train thousands of students every year.
Read on for one simple way to help your students do ministry in a “small audience setting” where it is slower, more relational and riskier.
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.
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 and “How to” guide that Demarick Patton on the 100%Sent Team put together. 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 summarize the five thresholds of faith a person must cross to come to Christ.
While the Missional Map was designed for team use, it’s great for anyone thinking about their relationship at work or at home.
In a more relational ministry context, we start with trust. Are we building the relationship? Do they know we care? Can they trust us enough to share deeper stuff?
In Going Public with your Faith by William Peel and Walt Larimore MD, they tell the story of Jim. He graduated and found a job in a large office. With his campus ministry experience and passion for the lost he set a goal of sharing with everyone in the office.
After several weeks, his leadership let him go. It wasn’t because of the quality of his work, but, rather, the complaints by others about pushing his faith. Jim determined that he would not speak up again in the next job.
Jim went from one extreme to the other. Most alumni of our ministry think those are the only options concerning ministry in the workplace. The Missional Map offers a better way for how God might use them in a work environment.