Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote for Dare 2 Share’s Relational & Relentless blog.
Kelli Mahoney is an experienced youth worker and contributor for About.com’s Christian Teens section. She regularly posts articles on the site sharing her insights and learnings in the world of Christian teenagers. I came across an article she had written entitled, “5 Principles of Evangelism for Christian Teens,” (http://christianteens.about.com/od/christianliving/tp/WitnessPrincipl.htm) and needless to say it caught my attention. The 5 principles she asserts are:
- Understand your own faith
- Other religions aren’t all wrong
- Know why you’re sharing your faith
- Set limits
- Be prepared for what you may face
I completely agree that teens need to understand their own faith. This is one of the main reasons I appreciate Dare 2 Share’s GOSPEL Journey as it lays out the basics beliefs of what it means to be a Christian. In order to clearly communicate the Gospel, students certainly need to understand what it is that they believe. It’s safe to assume that if students understand the Gospel enough to make their own decision then they understand enough to communicate it. But it doesn’t hurt to have the Gospel outlined for them.