We want to see the campuses in this city transformed. To do that we share our faith a lot. Along the way a couple issues have surfaced for us that we’re doing our best to deal with.
- There is a general sense of skepticism here that was not present in my last location (Montana). It’s not that students won’t talk to you…they’re just skeptical (especially of Christians). For them, Christians are judgmental and overly political. This means more trust has to be built, more rapidly. One of the best ways to do that is to value the people we’re engaging with. This is where body language, listening skills and tone matters. They must know that I care about them and value them and their thoughts.
- This environment can become deadly suffocating when it comes to actually proclaiming the Gospel. If our team wasn’t careful, we could default to have amazing conversations for hours on end that never bring anyone to a point of understanding about who Christ is. We could easily let cultural norms overtake bold proclamation of the Gospel.
- Teaching a student to share their faith here is tricky. Because of the complexity of many of the conversations, modeling an evangelistic opportunity often ends up with Suzy Freshmen wondering if she could ever be skilled enough to share her faith.
Out of these realities has come some action points for me….
- Get Biblical about evangelism. Before I bow to any sort of cultural pressure (or CCC staff pressure) I have to ask myself what the Bible says about it. I’m starting with a look at a few verses on evangelism in context (thanks Keith Davy)…John 1:35-51, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 17:16-35
- ’100% Try’. A while ago I heard someone say that every conversation they’d have with someone they would try to share the Gospel and bring someone to a understanding that they need to make a choice about Christ. Of course, sometimes God would close conversational doors, but they would try. They called this the ‘100% try’. That’s what I want my life to look like.
Any push back? What about your context? What are you learning?