Since starting this new job I've realized there was a hole in my ministry.
I've always been good with students relationally but I think that I tended to avoid spiritual talk for fear of alienating students and hurting our relationship. What I've realized, thanks to a number of resources is that students expect you to talk spiritually to them.
Now ofcourse you don't want to only talk spiritual/religious things with them, it's hard to build a friendship on that but to bring it up occasionally when it's relevant has really helped my ministry.
So now I don't hesisat to bring in the spiritual and I also encourage the volunteers I work with to do the same because I think alot of us have felt that way.
So when a student and I are really getting into a conversation about spirituality I give them these 5 questions that I feel when answered honestly give me a good idea of where they are at mentally.
I'd really like your feedback on these. I realize these questions are missing things like prayer and Bible study but I feel like finding out what their decisions are is more important. I mean why ask them to pray if they don't even know who they are praying to. I don't mind feedback on that line of thinking either.
The 5 questions:
1. I know that God exists
2. I know that Jesus was and is God.
3. I know that Jesus died for my sins.
4. I know the Bible is the word of God and I will follow what it says the best I can.
5. I'm going to do my best to follow God for the rest of my life.