Thank you for asking! This is such an important question. Scripture calls every Christian to be a minister of the Gospel and shows us that every vocation should bring glory to Him. Here are a few ways you can share the Gospel in daily life.
- Ask questions. Then listen intently, pray, and follow up. Whether or not they ever ask for prayer, doing this with people you regularly meet will open opportunities for you to connect, empathize, and serve. This may be as simple as asking a coworker about their weekend plans, patiently listening as they explain about their aunt’s health situation, remembering to pray for her and following up on Monday with “Hey, I prayed for your aunt’s surgery. How did it go?” Regularly asking, listening, praying, and following up will open many opportunities to meet deeper needs.
- Be hospitable. One of the most powerful ways to share your faith is through hospitality. Make room in your inner circle for a stranger in need: maybe a widow, a single mother, an immigrant, a college student, a coworker, or someone without family. You could do this by sharing meals in your home, by hosting recurring basketball games, or by offering to meet a need like babysitting or lawn care. Find a way to love them by regularly and meaningfully being involved in their life.
Live where the need is greatest.
- Live in an inner-city community. Cities like Detroit are densely populated with unreached people. Whether American or immigrant, most people in these areas don’t know a Christian and have no access to a Christian church. You can be on a mission field without leaving the US! EFM has ministries in a couple cities and is looking to expand.
- Live in a hostile country. Many countries that are hostile to Christianity and closed to missionaries welcome American professionals. Any trained or certified occupation will allow you to live out the Gospel in some of the darkest places of the world. We can help you discover where your skills are needed in the world. We will provide you with the resources and support needed to prepare you for witnessing and living in a hostile or restricted country.
Strengthen your skills.
- Participate in an Encounter Seminar or the Nehemiah Discipleship Program. Encounter Seminars help Christians learn how to make an impact for the Kingdom, both locally and globally. The Nehemiah Discipleship Program is a geared to teens and young people. Through NDP, life skills are developed, spiritual friendships are forged, and participants engage with scripture in life-changing ways.
- Equip yourself for ministry. Learn more about scripture and apologetics. Shepherds Global Classroom offers free, flexible ministry training. Visit ShepherdsGlobal.org or download the Shepherds Global Classroom app to get started.
- Learn a second language. Even if you never leave the country, you’ll be surprised at the connections that are made and the doors that are opened when you are bilingual.
- Get your passport. If you’re considering any international opportunities, take the first step and be ready to explore the possibilities in person.
- Reach out for advice. EFM’s staff and missionaries have decades of experience in outreach, lay ministry, and missions. We would love to share our experiences with you and answer your questions here.
Most of all, be patient and pray. God will open opportunities for you. Feel free to reach out to our office with any more questions you may have.