Questionnaires can be used to survey the opinions and interests of a group of friends who you spend time with, a group of athletes or an entire athletic team, club, etc. It’s exciting to get people’s opinions and to discern their needs and interest in knowing Jesus Christ.
Questionnaires are designed to lead into the gospel, so it is important to be prepared to share your faith. They also help you gradually and naturally transition into the gospel with a person. For someone who is sharing for the first time, a transition tool like a questionnaire may be just what he needs to be confident. You may also consider posting the results in the school paper to generate more exposure for your movement, or using it as a springboard to have an evangelistic debate or meeting.
Questionnaires can be used anytime during the school year. In making your plans to use questionnaires, determine whom you want to talk with, and how and when you will meet with them.
Here are some ideas that will help. Just follow these steps:
- Make a list of the people you want to talk with.
- Give them a call or talk to them personally and explain that you are surveying a number of students, getting their opinions on a particular subject, and seeing how their religious views relate to that area of interest.
- When you get together with your friend or acquaintance to ask the questions, briefly explain again what you are doing and why you are doing it, and then begin your way through the questionnaire.
- If you are using the questionnaire on a day of outreach, and you are talking with new people who you have never met, be friendly, tell them who you are, and explain what you are doing.
- Usually it will take about 10-15 minutes to go through the questionnaire. Of course, this depends on the needs and the spiritual interest of the person you are talking with.
- The questions toward the end of the questionnaire will help a person express his interest in spiritual issues. The last question is very important. It can help you discern whether or not the individual you are talking with wants to know how they can personally know Jesus Christ. If this is their desire and interest, take time with them using an evangelistic tool or other presentation that will explain how to receive Jesus Christ into their life.
- If the person is interested in knowing more about Christ but does not have time to talk, get their phone number and set up an appointment with them to talk further. Leave the evangelistic booklet with them so that they can read it on their own in the mean time. If you will not see the person again, ask for their address and correspond with them.
- If the person is not interested in talking more about Christ, thank them for their answers and opinions. If you feel it is appropriate, offer to leave an evangelistic booklet with them to read on their own.
- You can also choose to calculate the results of your surveys and present them to your youth group or campus movement.
- Use the results to help you pray for the needs of students or perhaps write articles about the general trends that you see on your campus. They can also help you make plans for future outreaches.
Surveying students on campus could become a natural part of your movement. Discipleship leaders can regularly take members of their group out to give questionnaires randomly on campus after school to show them how to uncover spiritual interest in initiative evangelism.