I remember impactful moments in high school where a friend and I would talk about matters of faith. Having meaningful conversations with others is an important part of living on mission with Jesus. I recently read an article by another Pastor that inspired the thoughts below on how to have meaningful conversations with others. Click HERE to read that article.
1. Look for opportunities, but don’t force it.
It really is important to figure out what it means to live in the tension of opportunity. This means that we are mindful of opportunities for conversation without having to force the subject of faith. Natural opportunities will be there.
2. People are interested in conversations of faith.
Preconceived ideas about how a person may or may not feel about Jesus are great conversation killers. Don’t cut off a conversation before it is given the chance to happen.
3. Ask questions from a place of genuine interest.
Talk less about yourself. Asking good questions communicates care and interest. When you are genuinely interested in others, they will know it. People are generally more inclined to engage in matters of faith when a relational platform has been established.
4. Share your stuff.
Everybody is broken and has their stuff. You are not the exception. Be real.
5. Share your story.
Talk about the ways in which Jesus has transformed your life. How are you different? Talk about it.
6. Trust the process.
We live in a culture that is often cynical toward Christians. There are many reasons for this. It takes many positive experiences to break down cynism. May we be people who build bridges and remove obstacles with the way we love and care for people. It takes time. Trust the process and watch the Holy Spirit work.
Who will you have a conversation with this week?