1. Practical preparation
  • Lifestyle of prayer, knowing the Lord’s voice
  • See yourself as a soul winner
  • Have a few scriptures memorized
  1. First Impression
  • Put a smile on your face
  • Ask the person their name/ say it a few times during the conversation
  • Don’t act like a “know-it-all”
  1. Don’t  use Christian terminology
  • Non-Christians are not used to Christian “jargon” / this can limit your effectiveness
  • keep the conversation simple
  1. Don’t argue
  • Don’t get into doctrinal arguments (its usually a waste of time)
  • Find a place of agreement and stay there
  • Pull the conversation back to “Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die?”
  • Get to the point - ask them if they believe Jesus died for them and rose from the dead.
  • 95% of the time you will get a yes - then just lead them into a simple prayer to commit their life to the Lord (many times it really is this simple).
  1. The gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16)
  • Don’t be afraid of demonstrating the power of God. Be led by the Spirit.
  • Ask them if they have pain in their body or if they need prayer for something
  • Don’t worry about what will happen when you pray - God will protect His reputation.
  1. Don’t look on the outward appearance (I Samuel 16:7).
  • Just because a person looks “hard” on the outside does not mean they won’t be receptive.
  • On the other hand, just because a person looks “soft” on the outside does not mean they will be receptive.
  • Let the Lord direct you who to go to… let Him lead you.
  1. Use wisdom when ministering to children and the opposite sex
  • Most kids have been taught to stay away from strangers
  • If the parent is around approach the parent first (exceptions in poor areas).
  • Never enter a home if just the children are home (no matter where you are).
  • Use wisdom when approaching someone of the opposite sex - they can easily get the wrong idea- never go in their house alone- you are asking for trouble.
  1. Don’t ask if they want to pray. This can give the enemy an opportunity to stop them.

    * If they seem “ripe” and are receptive just say to them, “Pray this prayer with me.” Then lead them in a simple prayer of salvation. 

  1. Reminders
  • Fill out follow-up cards completely (you fill it our and PRINT CLEARLY)
  • We are not in this for “numbers” but for effective ministry to those who need it.