Here’s a story that might make you think, “I never have experiences like that.” Or worse, “I’ll never have an experience like that.” Read the story, though. It demonstrates the power of the gospel, God’s persistent love, and hope for transformation. Diane, InterVarsity’s staffworker at CUNY-Lehman College writes:
Today, I ran into a student that I met last semester named Brianna. She told me that she had a really rough summer and didn’t believe in God. This was a change. Last semester, she was curious about Jesus but didn’t get connected to one of our groups. I asked her what happened during the summer. She said she’d tell me later and walked away. I didn’t know if she’d come back but she did!
Brianna told me stories involving lots of alcohol and a boyfriend that she admitted she was using to feel loved. I asked to share a story from John 4 with her. She identified with the Samaritan woman.
Then I asked if she knew the core message of the Christian faith. She said no. So I shared the gospel with her using my New World app on my phone. I emphasized many times that Jesus loves her and asked her to identify where she is in relationship to him. She said she experiences the brokenness of the world and has not turned toward God for transformation.
So I asked if she’d like to follow Jesus & she said yes!
After we prayed she had a huge smile on her face. One of our new members came over to high-five/hug her. It was awesome! I asked her to go to church with me on Sunday and she said yes.
While every story is unique, “the spirit blows where it will” (Jn 3), I believe that all of us who are willing to start leading can have experiences like this one. So what’s the key skill?
Read the story again. Notice how Diane asks Brianna questions. “What happened?” “Can I share?” “Where are you?” “Would you like to follow Jesus?” “Will you come to church with me?”
Too often we think of leadership (and evangelism) as having answers. Diane asked questions. Jesus asked questions. Great leaders become practiced at “making the ask.”
How are you at asking? Think through a leadership or outreach conversation you’ve had in the last week. Who asked most of the questions? What can you do in your next leadership or outreach conversation to increase the number of asks that you make?
Share some of the questions you intend to ask at your next leadership or evangelistic conversation in the comments section.