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GENERAL PROCEDURES

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GENERAL PROCEDURES

  • Set the tone by engaging and welcoming the student(s) with love, encouragement, and celebration for what God is doing in their life to lead them to this point of decision. Don't wait for the students to come find you, you go to them as soon as the step foot on the field and spread out to find space to talk. 
  • Lead directly to a definite acceptance of Christ. You don't need to tell a long history of your salvation - keep it short and simple! This is about helping them clarify and discern the gospel and the decision they are making in response to the invitation, so they have a greater peace and confidence about knowing Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
  • Be courteous, not overbearing or too talkative. Let them speak. Be a good listener. Ask simply questions about why they responded and come forward?
  • Talk with each person individually as much as possible. In a crowd, he or she may use excuses, but alone - or to the side they may open up more. (Of course, this is all dependent upon how many students respond and how many volunteers we have available. Be prepared to have more than 1 student in your group).
  • Always keep confident "faith". Faith is what makes things happen. You don't have to have all the answers. 
  • Don't rely on your own ability or experiences. Keep praying for guidance and let the Holy Spirit guide you with each person you talk to.
  • Don't become impatient. This is the greatest decision in anyone's life.
  • Always encourage them to grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus by (1) Reading the Bible daily, (2) Praying Daily, (3) and getting plugged into a local church. 
  • HELP THEM COMPLETE THE DECISION CARD (TEXT MESSAGE FAITH-RESPONSE TOOL) in order for us to capture their decision and contact info for further follow-up and discipleship. Let them use your phone if they do not have one.
  • Before you release the student to return to their seats, be sure to pray with them. 
  • Keep the focus on Jesus and not on denominational issues. Believe the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest.