WE LEARN BEST BY DOING!
When it comes to witnessing, you learn best by doing whether you're just getting started or experienced and simply looking to improve.
Although many Christians know the importance of witnessing, most will go days (weeks) without thinking about sharing the Gospel and exposing someone to the Good News!
YET GOD HAS UNIQUELY PLACED YOU IN THE CENTER OF A NETWORK OF RELATIONSHIPS - A "SPHERE OF INFLUENCE" FOR HIS PURPOSE.
The BEST WAY TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COMPETENCE is to DO IT!
This doesn't mean forcing it to happen or...
"sharing with anything that moves". Rather it suggests being "watchful" and "proactive" to place yourself in settings where you're more likely to have opportunities to share.
Experience shows that 70-80% of what is learned about witnessing happens while "putting it into practice". Therefore, roughly 30% is learning content during personal or "classroom" training.
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
Some plant, others water but God makes it grow. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
BE INTENTIONAL - Discover SETTINGS where you'll have more opportunities to share
When it comes to learning and training, it's EXTREMELY HELPFUL to get yourself into settings where you increase your chances to share...regularly. This would be an activity or ministry you INTENTIONALLY engage in regularly.
The more witnessing "experience" you get, the more you will gain and grow!
SUGGESTIONS FROM EXPERIENCE:
The Holy Spirit often causes people to be more open to discuss spiritual things AFTER PRAYING FOR THEM in their presence. Therefore, think about ways to ask people if there is anything you can pray about for them! Then stop and pray for them.
WHAT MINISTRIES DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE in place serving people who don't know Jesus?
Volunteer and look for opportunities to share after praying for them. Those who are coming to your ministries are more likely to give you permission to share.
BIG COACHING TIP:
Here is something that works VERY WELL with those who are guests or participants of your Worship service or outreach and service activities, say something like...
"As a visitor (guest, participant) of our church, I'm sure you would be interested in what our church teaches about the Gospel."
"Would it be OK if I (we) took a little time to share that with you?"
Consider using this with guests who come to your "Guest Information Centers", prayer rooms, parents of kids who participate in an outreach event, VBS, Sunday School, etc.
GO WHERE THE "FISH ARE MORE RECEPTIVE" to listen:
THEY COME TO YOU!
Today there are thousand of people EVERY DAY seeking spiritual answers ON THE INTERNET! You can volunteer and talk to them about the Lord.
Billy Graham - Search for Jesus
NEED HIM Global
Check them out. They will get you started... VOLUNTEER TODAY!!
FINALLY, look for something that would seem to be a GOOD FIT FOR YOU:
Other Practical Steps You Can Take:
Helpful Outreach Ministry Planning Handbook (free): TURN PASSION INTO MISSION