Leading Your Students to Christ

Leading students to Christ

Teaching students to be on mission is a great thing. But it can be difficult to gain traction with your group if they haven’t committed themselves to Jesus first.

Your student group is not just a place for dropping the kids off after school, nor is it solely a repository for moral teaching. It’s a place where people gather together to share how Jesus Christ is impacting their daily lives. They worship together, testify together, break bread together, and bear witness to who Christ is together. They are on mission together.

We often get so caught up in the details of missions work that we forget about the spiritual well-being of ourselves and those serving with us. If you lead a typical student group, the odds are many of the folks among you haven’t made the decision to follow Christ. We believe missions begins with a confession that Christ died and rose again so that we could have a relationship with God. All the lesson plans, event coordinating, volunteer wrangling, and service hours start with this one belief. But how do you talk to your students about becoming a Christian? Here are a few tips we think you’ll find helpful.

"We believe missions begins with a confession that Christ died and
rose again so that we could have a relationship with God."


Build a Relationship

The first step to effectively sharing Christ with your students is building a relationship. Students can see right through you. If you aren’t sharing the gospel out of the genuine love that stems from a real relationship, they’re not buying it. Nor should they!

Take the time to really get to know your students. Share your joys and heartaches with them and let them do the same with you. While you’re building these relationships, be extra careful to model Christlike behavior in your actions as well as your teaching. Witnessing a life profoundly impacted by the love of Christ is the best way for a person to receive the gospel.

Ask Questions

It’s amazing how much of an impact a good question can make. People often avoid asking questions because doing so can be perceived as doubting or lacking genuine faith. That just isn’t the case.

Asking good questions prompts students to think deeply about their faith. Many of them have been told what they should believe for so long that they don’t really know how to own it for themselves. Asking questions also helps you as a leader get an idea of your student’s understanding about what it means to be a Christian. Maybe they’re hung up on the idea of sin or Jesus being fully God and fully man or maybe they’re not sure about the whole idea of God in general! You’ll never really know unless you take the time to ask.

Present the Gospel Directly

Present the gospel clearly and present it often. Talk about the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection whenever you can. Small groups, large groups, one-on-one, just say something!

One reason why students are having such a hard time in the world today is because they can’t clearly articulate what they believe. Often, this is due to the fact that they’ve never heard it clearly articulated. Use every opportunity you have to talk about who Jesus is and why He did what He did. Talk about how His life inspires you to share His love with everyone you meet. Talk about your own testimony and how you came to accept Christ.

Every time you take a moment to mention it, the gospel will continue to grow and illuminate the hearts of the students who hear it. Be consistent, be frequent, and be articulate.

Leading your students to Christ is rewarding beyond words. The moment everything finally “clicks” for your student will certainly be a time to celebrate. Now you can continue serving together, both fully aware of and committed to the mission God has called us to.

By Zachariah Seanor, National WMU Student Consultant


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