Striking up a conversation
Posted on June 15, 2021 8:00 AM by Jason McKinney
The onset of spring as well as diminishing Covid fears means people are being drawn outside for some sense of renewed life. With more people outside comes more opportunities for meeting new people and having conversations free of Zoom (possibly even free of masks).
In ministry, it can seem easy to strike up a Gospel conversation with any random person. It’s what we do, right? We feel out the conversation, intuitively inserting Gospel truths. Yet, if we’re honest, it’s not the most reproducible method.
Intuition isn’t teachable.
Have we been faithful to lead people in how to share the Gospel simply and easily? A lack of proficiency can result in a lack of confidence. A 10-week course on sharing the Gospel isn’t the answer. We don’t need to begin with an intensive on the elements of the Gospel.
It begins with modeling it in our own lives, side by side with others. Having regular conversations together about our own stories. There are also incredibly simple, reproducible, biblical tools we can use to share the Gospel in conversations. Our 15-second testimony. Three Circles. The Bridge. Creation to Christ. Pick a tool, teach the tool, model the tool.
A vast majority of Cincinnati awaits.
-- Jason McKinney serves as CABA's Church Planting Coach and pastors One Church in Cincinnati.