Growing up in the Northeast of the United States, I’ve always associated the term “evangelism” with the people who go door to door a few times every year, and the people you see on street corners in cities telling you to repent and save yourself from hell. So naturally, I was predisposed to believing that evangelism was something unnecessary, outdated, and plain idiotic.
That was until this year.
One of my good friends asked me to go to a meeting for a non-denominational Christian group on my campus-- Young Life. I had no idea what I was in for.
I soon learned that Young Life was an organization that *introduces *high school students all over the world to the person of Jesus Christ. A few months later I became involved in the ministry.
The following passages often comes to my mind when I am working with the high school students in my area.
1 Corinthians 9:19-22
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law – though not being myself under the law – that I might win those under the law.
To those outside the law I became as one outside the law – not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ – that I might win those outside the law.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
As a Young Life leader, I know that high school students have absolutely no reason to listen to a bunch of random college students. So, my team works extremely hard to build relationships with high school students every week. One of those days each week involves us meeting at a student’s house to hold “club.” This is the time every week where we get together, do some crazy and oftentimes messy activities with the kids. We sing songs, and at the end of every night, we close by relating a scripture passage to our life and theirs.
So, are there any other people here on the forum’s involved in a similar ministry? I know as Catholics, the concept of evangelism is often foreign to us. I really think that it’s time to change that.
(Side note: For those of you wondering, I did mention that Young Life is non-denominational. There are both Catholics and Protestant leaders. It is Young Life’s policy that leaders do not attempt to make anyone join any specific church. In fact, usually we encourage student’s to attend whatever church their family attends. If their family does not have a church, then we may be able to make recommendations based on that student’s beliefs. For more info: Young Life’s Website)