WHAT IS A PERSONAL APPOINTMENT?
A personal evangelism appointment is a scheduled get-together or meeting between a student or several students and yourself, that provides an opportunity for evangelism. The appointment comes generally from a screened contact or a conversation which uncovers some spiritual interest.
WHAT IS A SCREENED CONTACT?
- A screened contact is a student who, in a casual conversation, has shown an interest in knowing Christ and would be willing to hear more. You will meet many such students as you engage in gathering.
- A screened contact is a student who has indicated some need for follow up through filling out a response card as a result of attending a Cru High School Meeting, Target Group Outreach, etc.
- The purpose of meeting the student is for evangelism.
SETTING UP AN APPOINTMENT
- Gather necessary materials (Connecting with God booklets, Satisfied booklets, Getaway brochures, fliers for the next Cru High School Meeting).
- Call, text, email, or use some other form of communication to contact the student who has expressed interest (you may have this information from a contact card). Explain why you want to meet. Say something like, “I would like to get together and tell you more about Cru High School. You indicated on your comment card from the meeting that you wanted to get involved with Cru High School.”
- Ask the student to make sure their parents know about your meeting and leave your phone number in case the parents have questions. Either after the appointment or through the mail or phone, make sure the parents have any information about Cru High School they would desire at this point.
- Determine a place and time to meet. Usually a neutral location (such a restaurant) after school or during a free period is the best.
- When asking the student to meet, be casual but be definite about the meeting, its time and place.
- Work in groups if possible; gather kids who already know each other. Let the student know that they can bring a friend. It will make them feel more comfortable and give you the chance to meet another student.
- Invite a student you’re working with to come along. This is a good training experience for the involved student.
MEETING WITH THE STUDENT
- Pray first – for sensitivity to the student and the Lord, open heart for student, etc.
- Avoid speaking in ‘Christianese’ (Christian buzzwords that the student may not understand).
- Build rapport by asking good questions. Find common ground through people, events, and/or experiences.
- Explain Cru High School (School Within a School, activities, etc.).
- Ask questions to find out more about their spiritual background such as “Have you ever been involved in a church?”
- Transition into the gospel through one of several ways, such as: “One of the things we talk about in Cru High School is what it means to know God personally. Has anyone ever taken the time to explain to you how you could know God personally?” “If you were to die tonight, how sure would you be that you would go to heaven, on a scale of 1 to 10?” “If when you died, you were to appear before God and He asked you, why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say?” Give your personal testimony, then ask if they would be interested in knowing more about a personal love relationship with God.
SHARING THE GOSPEL
- Observe their response to the gospel. Ask, “Have you ever invited Christ into your life?” “If so, when?” If they are not ready yet, don’t push them. You can say “Cru High School is a great place to come and check out what it means to know God personally.”
- Mention activities to challenge them to stay further involved (Fastbreak, next Cru High School Meeting, Bible study, etc.).
- Thank the student for coming and follow up as needed to their response to the gospel. See: Following Up a New Christian.