I direct the South Carolina Singing Churchmen. The Churchmen just returned from a mission trip to Cleveland Ohio. This group of about 60 worship leaders includes a TTBB chorus, instrumental ensemble, handbells, praise team, barbershop quartet, and southern gospel group. While enroute to Cleveland and on location from Sunday night to Thursday night, 37 of us sang 19 times in 7 days.
In the last five years our group has done Sing N’ Serve mission tours to Cleveland, London, Dominican Republic, and the DC/Baltimore area. Across these trips we have been transformed into far more than a concert touring group — we have become a mission force for sharing the gospel.
Before and after singing in malls, hospitals, homeless shelters, assisted living centers, church plants, and on the streets, we engage the audience in conversation. The inevitable question they ask: “What are you doing here?” Each of our members has been trained to answer: “We are here to tell you how much God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you through Jesus Christ. What do you believe about that?” Immediately, a casual contact moves into a spiritual conversation that may lead to a witnessing opportunity. And a Spiritual Conversations Card is a key component.
The Spiritual Conversations Card is very simple. It includes this information: My Name/ Contact’s Name/ Contact’s Follow-up Info (e-mail, phone, address if they are willing to give it)/ Contact’s Residential Area (what part of town do they live in)/ Where conversation took place/ Date and Time of conversation/ Spiritual Nature of conversation/ Result.
But don’t wait to use this technique until you are on a mission trip! Here are five ways using the Spiritual Conversation Card can transform your worship team by using it regularly:
1. It provides accountability. Many have said that the greatest missionary force in the world is so busy in church that we are failing to make disciples in our world. This card reminds us to have at least one spiritual conversation with someone outside the church weekly (and eventually daily).
2. It gives us a method for gathering testimonies of God’s people sharing the Gospel. Have your worship team turn in their cards each week at rehearsal. Call on members to share their spiritual conversations from the past week from their cards.
3. It builds momentum within the group as you encourage each other to be Christ’s witnesses. It took three or four years for the tide to turn in the Singing Churchmen from being a ministering concert choir to becoming Christ’s mission force to our world. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will see results.
4. It provides a means of praying by name for those who need Christ. When the church prays seriously and specifically by name for those who need Christ, the Bible says God will move.
5. It affords the opportunity for personal follow-up. If the contact is willing to give you their personal info, then you, another ministerial staff member, or a gifted volunteer can follow up. A non-threatening email, phone call, or text asking how you can pray for and serve them can lead to an ongoing witnessing relationship.
The Spiritual Conversation…a simple means to a powerful end!
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