People are more ready for the Gospel than you might think. I assume this when I talk to someone about the Gospel, and I try to do it every single day. What I find is this: When you engage them in the right way (conversational, humble, curious), most people are open to at least talk about it, and some are ready to put their faith in Jesus right on the spot.
This is especially true of young people after the tragedy and isolation of Covid. When I talk to my fellow evangelists, they say responses to the Gospel by young people at their outreach events have been off the charts over the last three years.
“It’s still four months until summer camp.”
“It’s still four months until our big annual outreach.”
“It’s four months until Dare 2 Share Live.”
Four months is too far away. As 2 Corinthians 6:2 reminds us:
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Now, Not Then
Start thinking in terms of “now,” not just “then,” when it comes to outreach. Here are some ideas to help you:
The Go Movement
If it’s April or May and teens are busy with year-end activities, make sure one of those activities is a last push to share the Gospel during the school year. They can even check out this resource from the GoMovement that challenges believers to share Jesus throughout the month of May.
Go Share Day
The last Saturday of every month, hundreds of youth groups around the world participate in #GoShareDay. They do creative outreaches that incorporate prayer, care, and share. Go to the website to discover a list of suggestions.
If your teenagers go to a public school, then in the words of my good friend Chris Selby, they are federally funded missionaries. Every single day is an opportunity for them to build friendships and engage peers in Gospel conversations. Even most students who don’t go to public school have a smartphone. Have them download the free Life in 6 Words app and start engaging a circle of friends online through the app’s QuickStarter questions and shareable videos.
It’s harvest time!
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