by Wayne Schwab
As Fletcher Lowe wrote in an earlier blog, when he hears of a person in ministry, he comments, “That is a ministry.” If there is interest, he pursues how it is a ministry. The other is grateful.
I find a simple add-on works, too. You get a sense of how people can see God at work in their lives now.
When I hear a mission (my term for a ministry), I begin with, “Can I ask you some, maybe, personal questions?”
If no, I say: “I won’t. Thanks for being direct.” And I go on with other conversation.
If yes, I ask, “Are you a church member?’
Again, if this answer is yes, I ask, “Do you see God helping you in any way in this mission?” I always get a rich answer!
If the answer is no, I ask, “Does the idea of God work for you in any way?”
If no, I comment something like that’s true for lots of people and go on to other conversation. If yes, I ask, “Do you see God helping you in any way to do this?”
Be amazed, as I always am. I get a rich answer here too.