“The Critical Event”Â — a trained person taking a non-trained person to share their faith.
For Montana State Cru, The Critical Event is the most important measurement of staff’s success on campus.Â It’s what they celebrate.
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Ever since IÂ heard that concept from Montana State,Â it hasÂ shaped much of our philosophy of ministry in regard to evangelism.
The Apostle Paul wrote that the role of a Christian leaderÂ is “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” — Ephesians 4:12.
On our team we talk about success for our staff is getting as many students as possible ontoÂ the playing field. We wantÂ to help as many students as possible to experience being used by God to change someone’s life.
This lastÂ year we’ve taken strides to better measure how we’re doing on The Critical Event (because how can you celebrate something you can’tÂ see?).
So last year we kept track of how many students had the opportunity to share the gospel. We saw 31 different students share the gospel in the fall. And a total of 79 over the entire school year. 79 students – many of whom had never shared the gospel before in their lives.Â Unbelievably encouraging for our staff and student leaders to see that!
Imagine the ripple effect of that…
Now, sharing the gospel one time definitely doesn’t make you an expert. But it gets youÂ on the playing field.Â And it’s the first step toward building theÂ skill and confidence to be a life-longÂ evangelist.
So that’s the back end of the Critical Event – an untrained person getting taken to share the gospel. This year we are tryingÂ toÂ be even more intentional in measuring the front end ofÂ The Critical Event. We identified a list of students whomÂ we are calling “Trainers”- students who can confidently share the gospelÂ and can take other students with them.
Day 1 on campus, our first priority for our staff will be to take each of these Trainers out to share the gospel. For our staff to model boldness in sharing the gospel. To get these Trainers backÂ on the playing field, first thingÂ in the fall (to shake off the rust of summer).
On that appointment, after we shareÂ with a coupleÂ freshmen,Â we are going to challenge the student Trainer toÂ embrace his/herÂ crucial role in The Critical Event and to live out Ephesians 4:12. The unbelievable opportunity they have to takeÂ other students to share the gospel for the first time. To model boldness to their fellow students.
Typically, the first few weeks on campus, our staff are out thereÂ following up freshmenÂ like crazy. Alone. This year, our hope is that these student Trainers will mobilizeÂ a whole team of students to share the gospel withÂ freshmen.
Our hope is that by the end of the year, our list of TrainersÂ will grow dramatically as more students grow in their confidence and ability to share the gospel.
So that everyone will hear the good news…
What do you think about the Critical Event? Is it a good measurement ofÂ ministry success?