Ideas for Training and Engaging Students in Evangelism

Darrell Cook, Senior Campus Minister, BCM at Virginia Tech

At a summer gathering of ministers to college students, we asked several of them, “What are some of the ways you train and engage your students in opportunities for evangelism?”

  • “We train students in evangelism at Beach Reach then plan follow-up events on campus for them for the rest of the spring semester. We also take students to Bonnaroo Music Festival in June then follow that next Fall with campus conversations.” Ken Dillard, University of Cincinnati
  • “Monday meet-ups where students pray together for the lost on campus and go out onto campus 2-by-2 to share the Gospel with students–prayer and share.” Will Boroughs, University of Memphis
  • “We have a Steak Dinner Event: sell tickets to Christian students (1 for them and 1 for a lost friend). Host steak dinner with an evangelism presentation.” Ryan Scantling, University of Central Arkansas
  • “Ask people on campus if they would not mind doing a video interview. In that interview ask spiritual questions.” Tee Uzoigwe, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • “Students go out around campus with mini clipboards and ask if they can do a brief survey. It starts about core values, then works to beliefs on God/Jesus. If there is an interest there, typically a follow-up coffee meeting or Gospel appointment is set up. We also encourage students to pray regularly for their friends/classmates and initiate Gospel conversations with them.” Mandy Phillips, Mississippi College
  • “Worked with a local church to partner and pass out free coffee to students, inviting them to a church event: Friendsgiving. It was great for church volunteers to meet students and vice versa.” Kathy King, Ole Miss
  • “Bringing in the Great Exchange and scheduling Gospel appointments.” Sarah Farley, University of Georgia
  • “Bring in another campus BCM to train your students in evangelism, because they often listen better to other students.” Name not given
  • “Campus Outreach Monday: one hour on Monday where students are out on campus connecting through prayer walking, giving out snacks, etc.” Name not given

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