Our Student Ministry staff just finished reading Ignite by Nelson Searcy. The book was very practical with lots of ideas and thoughts on how to help your church or ministry be more evangelistic. Nelson was on staff at Saddleback for many years…and it’s pretty clear based on his writing. Which I loved my time at Saddleback and valued what I learned there, so for me it was a little refresher course.
A few highlights:
That people need tools and training to help them be reminded and equipped to be evangelist.
Thinking through and utilizing the calendar to highlight potential growth times. Fall is a big one for Student Ministries.
Praise and personal encouragement to for students who are doing the right stuff. We spend a lot of time challenging students to invite…so when they do it…we should be sure to affirm them.
The IMPORTANCE of good follow up. Follow up for first timers and especially for commitments.
Personally, I don’t believe in evangelism so WE can be the biggest ministry in town. Â I believe in evangelism because I believe Jesus is the answer to the brokenness in the world. I believe that every student deserves to hear the good news for their life and that these teen years are the some of the prime years to discover the truth of gospel. In light of those truths, this book was helpful to remind us, youth workers, some of the practical ways we can be evangelistic as a ministry and ways to coach our students to live it out.
What are you doing in your youth ministry to help students be more evangelistic?