3 Tools for Digital Evangelism

During a time when people are forced apart because of the COVID-19 virus, my team at Cru put together resources and training to help people do discipleship and evangelism from their computer. I was tasked with the evangelism piece and I interviewed the designers of these 3 awesome tools!

I. With friends/family: From Barry Warren of Perspective Cards

  • BEFORE:
    • Ask them the SOMETIME question.  Maybe script it like:
      • “I know it’s tough to be isolated but…
      • sometime I’d love to do like a video chat with you…
      • I wanna hear about your perspective on deep life stuff
    • Review the MyPerspectiveCardResults.com website and download the app
      • Read the backs of the Christian cards that have white arrows on them
      • Consider how your own story matches those Christian cards
  • DURING:
    • Set up a video chat and send the link.  Have them click “next” and say something like…
      • I’d love to get your thoughts on… (the current topic).  Which card best represents your view?
      • Tell me more about that?
      • What brought you to that belief?
    • BONUS: Follow along in the app and put stars on the cards they choose.  Then, you can send them their results afterward.
    • After you’ve heard and dialogued about each of their choices, go back to the Christian cards of each topic (click the white arrow in the top-right) and say something like…
      • I’d love to get your thoughts on my perspective too (or what the Bible says)
      • What do you find easy or difficult to believe about this view of… ?
    • As the Lord leads, invite them to consider one of the prayers.
  • AFTER:
    • Learn about the different roles you can take in your friend’s life as a CoJourner
    • BONUS: If you sent them their results from the app, click on it yourself and look for what articles there (or on EveryStudent.com) are relevant to share with them over time and continue to “get their thoughts.”

II. With new people: From Marilyn Adamson of EveryStudent.com

  • Browse https://www.everystudent.info/fb/twitter.html or EveryStudent.com (~800 people per day accept Jesus while on this website).  Make note of the various topics and read a few articles that seem relevant to you.
    • Consider sharing articles in your social media channels, saying something like “this encouraged me when I really needed it today!”
  • Reach out to people in your “friends” lists in Social Media or meet people in online communities you enjoy (sports teams, marvel movies, etc).  Ask them…
    • How are these circumstances affecting you personally and how I be praying for you?
    • What helps you cope with the stress? 
    • Did you grow up believing in God or part of a church?  What about now?
    • I’ve been learning some things about God that have really encouraged me through all this.  Would you mind if I shared (an article, or this website, or my story, etc)?

III. As a group: From Kyle Yates of Voke

  • Download the Voke App and Choose Your Adventure (video series)
  • Create a Group (maybe the Freshmen, or your small group), then share your 6-digit Adventure Code to add students to your Voke Group in seconds.
  • Pick a time you will all watch the first video and discuss.  Though you can all watch the video and answer the question at your own time, it can feel even warmer to see the responses coming in in real-time.  Try Doodle for scheduling availablility.  Rinse and repeat with the rest of the series at your chosen pace (weekly, daily, etc).
  • Challenge them to take a group of people through an adventure themselves (dorm floor, sports team, etc).

CHURCHES TO LAUNCH A CITY

Pastor Jesse and Sarah are
expecting their first baby!

   This month, I got a call that set me on a whole adventure with a city I had barely thought about before.  Pastor Jesse contacted me from Jacksonville saying that he and his church want to partner with Cru at the University of North Florida.  They are a passionate, discipleship-oriented church with a real heart to empower students to reach their schools. 

     I checked in with the local Cru team there, and found that in the whole city we were down to only one missionary, Robert, who is part-time and only about a year outside of college himself. He was thrilled to have local churches get involved!

Robert from Cru at UNF

     It was a perfect match and Robert has already begun taking Pastor Jesse and his team out sharing the gospel on campus. I’ve since been able to plug in 4 more churches around the city, with the potential for several more.  We sent an expedition team to surface student leaders at several other colleges in Jacksonville, and are going to coach them and these churches how to launch new gospel movements!

Doctrinal Affirmations

I recognize that there is only one true and living God.  Exodus 20:2-3Who exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that He is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer, the Beginning and the End of all things.  Revelation 4:11,Revelation 5:9-10, Isaiah 43:1, 7, 21

I recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us.  John 1:1, 14I believe that He came to destroy the works of Satan.  1 John 3:8,  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them, having triumphed over them.  Colossians 2:15

I believe that God has proven His love for me, because when I was still a sinner Christ died for me.  Romans 5:8I believe that He delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to His kingdom, and in Him I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

I believe that I am now a child of God.  1 John 3:1-3, I believe that I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies.  Ephesians 2:6I believe that I was saved by the grace of God through faith, that it was a gift and not the result of any works on my part. Ephesians 2:8,

I choose to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10I put no confidence in the flesh, Philippians 3:3The weapons of my warfare are not of the flesh.  2 Corinthians 10:4I put on the whole armor of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17,  I resolve to stand firm in my faith and resist the evil one.

I believe that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, Matthew 28:18,and that He is the head over all rule and authority.  Colossians 2:10.

I believe that Satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ because I am a member of Christ’s body. Ephesians 1:19-23I therefore obey the command to resist the devil, James 4:7, and I command him in the name of Jesus to leave my presence.

I believe that apart from Christ I can do nothing, John 15:5,so I declare my dependence on Christ.  I choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify the Lord.  John 15:8I announce to Satan that Jesus is my Lord, 1 Corinthians 12:3. and I reject Satan in my life.

I believe that the truth will set me free, John 8:23,and that walking in the light is the only path of fellowship. 1 John 1:7Therefore, I stand against Satan’s deception by taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:5.I declare that the Bible is the only authoritative standard.  2 Timothy 3:15-17I choose to speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15,

I choose to present my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice, and renew my mind by the Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect.  Romans 6:13Romans 12:1-2,

I ask my heavenly Father  to fill me with His Holy Spirit, Ephesians 5:18,to lead me in all truth John 16:13and to empower my life so that I may live above sin and not carry out the desires of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16. I crucify the flesh and walk by the spirit.  Galatians 5:24.

I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love. 1 Timothy 1:5 I choose to obey the greatest commandment, to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself.  Matthew 22:37-39.

(The Statements of Truth listed above were excerpted and derived from Neil Anderson’s book, “The Bondage Breaker”, pgs 219-221. A few points were modified by Pastor Tim to properly reflect the context of scripture)

NJ Student Leaders’ Planning

     For each Cru missionary in NJ, there are about 42,000 college students they’re trying to reach!

     They can’t do it without the help of church partners, and one way they maximize their effort is bringing student leaders from around the state together to learn from each other and plan their semesters of ministry. This year, over 50 student leaders from at least 11 campuses came out.

     One student, John Delgado from NJIT has been discipled by a former student, Joel, whom I discipled myself a few years back!  John had this to say about his experience at the Summit:

     I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the work you Cru staff put into organizing. I thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and activities, took a ton of notes, and learned so many valuable things which I will take with me the rest of my life. Most importantly, I was inspired to become a more faithful and committed servant in the Kingdom of God to bring the good news of salvation to others!

Please pray for John, the other student leaders, and the Cru missionaries in NJ and around the world!

What God’s Been Teaching Us

  There was no particular reason, but I (Jeff) just didn’t make the turn right this time.  I pulled into the parking spot and heard a shocking “crunch” as my car smooshed itself on the next car’s tire.  Ugh!  After at least 20 years with no car incidents, I knew my plans for the day were taking a radical change.  All kinds of things went through my head as I saw only a minor scratch on the other car (is this really a big deal?), but calling the police was the only right choice (Titus 3:1-7).

     They responded quickly, and they were tough but fair, and the other car’s owner was polite as could be expected for the hassle she didn’t ask for or cause.  The officer even said, “I applaud you for doing this right.  So many people take off.”  It could have been a lot worse, and I know God’s hand was in it… but it still left me shaken.  I felt like a terrible driver, I felt guilt for the other person.  I felt overwhelmed by all the work and cost ahead on top of all the regular burdens of life.

     I definitely haven’t put a bow on this story (which as I write this happened yesterday), but I know the truth that none of this is a waste.  God is with us in every circumstance, whether green pastures or valleys of death (Psalm 23:4).  If He is with me and He is in control, then even the good things that are delayed because I mess up fit within His plan, and He will use even this to make me more like His Son (Romans 8:28-29).

     May we not be so busy with our own plans that we miss out on what God wants to do with us.

Elevate Conference

   “I had never worshipped in my own native language before!” That was one of the many exclamations reported by students who attended our Destino Winter Conference in Irvine, CA this month. Destino is a ministry of Cru working to help Latino students discover Jesus in the context of their own culture.

   One highlight for me was hearing from Joel Silva, who discovered Christ through Cru, launched ministries as a missionary with Destino and now serves as a local pastor at a bilingual church that continues to partner with us to bless college students. It was amazing to watch him encourage the local Hispanic churches who attended in order to learn how to reach the next generation. I had a great time connecting with students and pastors alike. This is Cru working at its best, walking with the bride of Christ, empowering for evangelism and discipleship in the area which we specialize.

Ministers in Los Angeles

  Another beautiful result of going to Southern California was the chance to reconnect with some of the incredible people there. I was able to have lunch with Keith, who has been working (and praying) in the entertainment world of Hollywood for over 40 years. His commitment to excellence and supernatural contentment have opened opportunities to minister to those who influence the world through movies, TV, and music. Please pray for Keith as he continues to stand in the gap in a mission field that is spiritually quite intense.

   Others special to my heart are those of Eric C’s family. I first met Eric when he contacted us to launch Cru at his college. Since running for Jesus on his campus, Eric has graduated and become a city engineer.

   Eric has welcomed me into his family with open arms. His mother, Monica, is a sweet hostess to me when I stay in town. His brothers, Kenneth and Luis, love asking advice about discipleship and praying with me. His father, Raphael, blesses me with long conversations, overcoming language barriers to pour into each other what God has taught us and how He has shown up in our own unique life stories. Please pray for Eric and his family to continue to grow and shine!