Just to brain storm with you guys on how to approach to co workers or clients with a meaningful dialogue that can eventually draw them to Christ. I believe the model of ‘business as mission’ in that my business is a calling and I would like to bring everyone to Christ with every interaction if possible while we know it’s not I but God who does the work.
I made too many mistakes unconsciously forcing my belief or my knowledge upon another causing further separation or friction and we often see out there with some Christians almost similar to Jehovah’s witness or mormons. So what should we do different? How to evangelize wisely in day to day interaction with another?
Here are my thoughts based on my experience knowing that effective communication always involve relevance and connection of head to heart. Plus, as a believer, we can’t ignore the guidance by holy spirit and the wisdom of Christ.
What to watch out for:
trying to be too careful and end up being timid and shameful, ‘missing the mark’ (ie. too often, trying not to offend them by not mentioning Christ , or in an attempt to create a commonality bringing up celebrity who is Christian or sometimes not even Christian like Jordan Peterson, sometimes just end up talking about self help principles rather than Christ etc)
being too passionate or eager and lose the relevance
not having accurate understanding of the person’s emotion or belief system
trying to teach and educate instead of engaging and sharing
What to know before engaging:
- always pray before engaging in conversation and lean towards the guidance of Holy Spirit
- always be conscious with love and understanding at heart level
- simple storytelling approach seems to be the best (of my own experience or another’s)
- be careful selecting the right words with accuracy in delivering the message or your intention
Most of the checklist @CarsonWeitnauer has made for a good response in the forum here are excellent resources and can be used as well.
But I would love to hear success stories of your use of apologetics knowledge you learned from here or just pure guidance by holy spirit leading another to Christ. It would be a great encouragement.
My agenda is to be effective in evangelizing wherever I am. Mostly I am at the workplace so if any of you know about any good resources or organization focusing on developing these skills, I would love to know as well. I am in a healthcare field specifically an acupuncture clinic, I’ve once heard of Christian clinician mentors who help and equip practitioners to serve in the clinic as a mission field but can’t find who they are.
Anyways it would be wonderful if you can share your insights in your faith journey to help one another here. Thank you all!