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The Next Time You teach

Try the following next time you are getting ready to teach.

Start early.
It takes great communicators several weeks to prepare an effective message. Those who regularly stand in front of crowds with something to say have been thinking about, meditating on, studying, and examining their content for days. It is part of them and it flows like something they know, they believe, and are passionate about.

Don’t wing it.
You may get by with it a few times, but if you really think you can deliver a diet of half-baked talks that you really don’t know or maybe even don’t believe, then . . . well . . . I think you are most likely mistaken. One could even argue that people who wing it :: trust in themselves, don’t truly value their position, and aren’t honoring the audience. This is harsh, but it is borderline disrespect to stand in front of them and make it up as you go. You can do so much better than that.

Get help.
Get help as you prepare your next talk. Teams make things great. Inventions with impact are created by groups of people. Ideas that move a generation rarely flow out of individuals. The same is true for a great talk. Get together with a few people you have chemistry with and build the talk together. Get input, do research, brainstorm, create, craft, and form the message. It’s fun. You’ll grow. The group will feel empowered. Your audience will love it.

Hope this helps … sb

Thoughts about Evangelism

When I was in Seminary I would spend Tuesday nights walking through the streets of downtown Fort Worth, Texas sharing my faith with almost anyone I ran into. The stories were crazy and the people we met were almost always open to the Gospel and the things we had to say. I don’t remember being laughed at, spit on or made fun of for doing it either. Most of the time I found an openness to the love of Jesus. People were willing to listen and encouraged by the awesome news about Jesus!

Today … I don’t make a habit of going somewhere every Tuesday night, but I do share my faith as I feel the Lord leading me to do so. I teach students regularly about Jesus and I pray for God to open doors for me to share His love with the people I run into. Just like the days back in school, the people I meet are open and willing to listen and are usually encouraged by what Holy Spirit leads me to share.

My approach these days is to simply tell the person God leads across my path that I’m someone who prays and to ask them if there is anything they would like me to pray about for them. Most all of the time the person gets really excited and eagerly shares a prayer request or two with me before I leave — I have only had one person simply say no — After praying, I try and trace back my steps so I can run into them again and ask God to open the door for the discussion to go deeper.

BTW Some of my favorite moments have been with workers at Subway and 7 Eleven. 🙂

But is this enough? Has evangelism turned into a laid back approach of prayer and living a public Christian life in hope that someone will ask me why I’m different? Should I be actively looking for opportunities to share my faith with the people I meet? Is God asking me to do more and be more aggressive? Are all Christians called to evangelize?

I’m convicted about this subject. Frankly, I have let selfishness, a busy life and spiritual apathy have way too much control over me. I have not made this a priority and that bothers me. Praying for these people is awesome, but I need to push through and tell them the great news about Jesus!

This is the call from God to all Christians — the Bible teaches that we are all given the responsibility to tell people about Jesus!

Matthew 28: 16-20 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

I love Jesus and the world needs Him more than ever! He changed my life, gave me a reason to live and I want the world to know who He is … I’m praying specifically for the Lord to open a door for me to share my faith today!

Am I really supposed to share my faith? Of course I am!

Let’s share our faith with someone soon! The living water of Jesus is ready for someone you and I know today.



I found three other articles about this subject that I think you’ll enjoy! See the linkable titles below!

Must every Christian share the Gospel? by Chad Barnes

Strategic Evangelism: 3 Effective Outreach Opportunities by Ed Stetzer

5 Reasons Why Christians Struggle to Evangelize By Greg Stier

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“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it’s a job.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.”

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After serving in student ministry for a super long time, he felt led by God to create a resource to help Student Ministry leaders be more effective at reaching and leading students to know and live for Jesus.

It is intended to be content rich website full of all kinds of ideas, videos, links, resources, articles, blog posts, recordings, pictures, … ok … you get the idea. was designed to host a lot of stuff.

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