Friday, September 24, 2010

Four Keys To Reaching Adults

Finally, part three of our blog miniseries on reaching adults for Jesus.

We started out challenging the idea that if we don’t reach people before they are eighteen we never will. (Read Part 1 here.)

Then we examined who is the most important person in reaching adults. (Read Part 2 here.)

Now we can look at the final question: How?

In his excellent article, “How Outsiders Find Faith”, author Mike Fleischmann gave four key truths to reaching adults.

First, it’s a Process. Adults who were not raised in Christian homes rarely come to faith quickly. It’s usually a series of events over a period of time.

Second, it’s often Circumstance Driven. The majority of adults who come to Christ report doing so in the midst of a significant transition or crisis, and often tell their faith journey in terms of the significant life events that occurred along the way.

And third, the Timing Can Be Vague. Rarely is the focus of their faith experience the specific time when they came to Christ, but rather the process. And over ten percent “of committed Christians from unchurched backgrounds cannot identify a specific time or place where they accepted Christ.”

Which leads to the non-negotiable fourth key word for reaching adults with the Good News: Patience. God controls the circumstances He uses to lead people to faith. Our job is to be there, acting as a spiritual guide as people work their process and God works His process in them to bring them to Himself.

(I wrote an article for about this subject a few years ago. If you’d like to read it, it’s here.)

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