Getting teenagers to share the Gospel with their peers may seem like a daunting task. But when teens begin sharing their faith they begin growing in their faith. Why? Because the social risk involved forces them to trust in God, die to themselves (and how their peers perceive them) and walk in obedience to the Father.
So how can you get teenagers to share their faith? Here are seven simple ideas:
1. Teach them to share their story.
At Dare 2 Share we use a simple method called “Before-Then-After.” Have your teenagers answer the question, “What was your life like before you met Jesus?” Then have them share the “then“…”then a friend invited me to youth group“…or…”then my parents explained to me the message of Jesus“…or….”then I read the book of John in the Bible and it clicked.” Finally, have them share what their life has been like after they put their trust in Jesus.
2. Give them a faith-sharing app to use.
At Dare 2 Share we developed the Life in 6 Words app, which is an amazingly simple way for teenagers to share their faith. They simply ask a peer which six words on the app’s opening screen would best describe their life. They then ask them why they chose those words. Finally, they ask them if they could share with them how the Bible may describe life in six Words. If their friend is open they can swipe through the Gospel presentation with Bible verses on some beautifully illustrated screenshots. The app is free on iTunes or GooglePlay.
3. Teach them to “Ask, Admire and Admit.”
When our teenagers learn how to ask good questions to get to know someone and then transition to asking spiritual questions to discover where they are at spiritually, walls begin to break down. Then they find what they can admire in their belief system. Instead of looking for areas of difference have them look for areas of commonality. This builds bridges instead of burning them. Finally, they admit the reason they are a Christian is that they are so messed up they needed Jesus to save them. After that they have opened up a door to share their story and the Gospel story. For more training on this, click here.
4. Show them how to “Salt” Gospel conversations.
Dare 2 Share has developed a series of Gospel conversation starting videos called “SALT.” They come complete with a training curriculum so that youth leaders can equip their teens to use them with their friends.
Here’s a sample of one taken from our YouTube Channel:
Teenagers can post one of the SALT videos on their Facebook page and navigate the Gospel conversations that erupt as a result. The curriculum does a fabulous job of helping you prepare them for these important conversations.