Thanks for doing this, let me dive in immediately.
In terms of evangelizing, I moved with God’s leading and prompting. But mostly, I prefer building a deep and meaningful relationship, and then moving into discipleship, as they warmed up to me.
Right now, Im mentoring unbelievers from different walks of life, a young TV show host with an abusive and unfaithful father, a former student growing up with a single mom, one of my employees whose family is recovering from bankruptcy, an old friend struggling with same-sex attraction due to past abuses, an ex-colleague who has trouble with his partners due to a bitter relationship with his mom, and my wife’s friend’s brother who have since received Christ, not long after helping him manage his finances to get out of a huge credit card debt.
Usually through all these mentorships, I find that I learned more from God than they did, and learning to live by example, as I believe my own walk with Christ becomes my greatest testament of God, more than anything I can ever say or preach to them. It has held me accountable to the highest standard, more than I can do on my own.
Through mentorship, the greatest privilege for me is God giving me His heart of a Father, representing Him in their lives as a spiritual father. I learn to see things as He would from His perspective.
I believe even though some of my mentees have not received Christ, but they are pre-believers. Even though I don’t always have to open the bible with them, but I can confidently say, they wouldn’t find the bible unfamiliar when they are a Christian one day.
Apologetics has been my tool to peel off the layers to get to the core of their deepest personal struggles. Ravi’s “answering the questioner not the question” is something I can identify with right away.
I know my evangelism may be lacking quantitative-wise, but I’m more comfortable with this approach, as I can monitor their progress and move at their pace.
Btw, this is along with my ministry in the church too, as I was a cell group leader, and now I’m entrusted with leading the cell group leaders. Discipleship is something I’ve always been doing, and some mentees even date back to way before I even attend my current church. I was also a product of mentorship. There are many things my mentor has taught and demonstrated to me when I was in Canada that I can still apply til today.
That’s it for me. Always looking to learn from others and how they evangelize too. I welcome any feedbacks if there’s something I can do better. Thanks for the time reading this.
Blessings in Christ,