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October 2019

What Would You Tell Someone About God? An Interactive Faith-Sharing Activity

By Dave Magee

Sharing your faith doesn’t require a bullhorn or a soapbox. Helping students explore how they might share their faith is one of the best ways to prepare them to have the words to say when the opportunity presents itself. This activity will help you do just that.

Have the students break up into groups of 2-3 students (no bigger) and share with them the following scenario – They are seated beside someone on a plane who has NEVER heard anything about God but expressed interest to them earlier in the flight. Unfortunately while on the plane flight the captain comes over the speaker and shares that there is a serious problem with the plane, and they are afraid that the plane may crash in 30 minutes if the problem can’t be fixed. The student’s challenge is to share what they think are the most essential things to know about God with the person in the seat beside them over the next 30 minutes (the person is interested in hearing).

If that scenario feels too dramatic tell them to imagine they are at school and someone asks them about their faith. Why are they a Christian, and why should someone want to be one?

Give students around 5 minutes in groups to write down what they feel are the essential things to share about God. Then spend 5 minutes or so having all the groups report back their responses and write those down on the whiteboard.

Once all of the responses are written on the whiteboard lead a discussion with the students to identify which of the responses they think are the most essential, and mark those down.

*** Important – When having done this activity in the past often students will share a list of major Bible stories, or theological concepts, which are all good and important. But if no one mentions to share about telling the story of how they have personally experienced the love of God and how Christ has personally changed their lives make sure to bring that out and write that down as an important item. Let the students know that when it comes down to it, the most impactful goal of those 30 minutes likely isn’t to tell someone a list of stories or facts, but to share the story of who God has been in their life, to share their own testimony backed up by all of those Biblical stories and truths.

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.