ROSWELL (BNM) - This past summer, students at First Baptist Church, Roswell, participated in a virtual evangelism training program through Dare2Share Ministries. Adapted to meet limitations necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program also included local community outreach. The event took place July 27-31.
First Baptist’s student pastor, Nathan Smith, organized and led the Roswell event. According to Smith, the church’s youth group has participated in Dare2Share events several times, including the ministry’s annual mission trip, “Lead the Cause.” The program typically occurs on the campus of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois.
With the in-person trips canceled, Lead the Cause shifted to a virtual format, allowing student ministries to participate in local evangelism. According to the Dare 2 Share’s website, Lead the Cause helps student ministers “lead disciples who are passionate about their faith and reaching their world with the Gospel.” The one-week event “provides deep training on relational evangelism and becoming a disciple who can make disciples.”
According to Smith, the program included prayer training, care training, and share training. Following a day of training students on how to pray, the program trained students on how to care for those in their community. The students put this training into action by volunteering at local thrift stores. Then, students were trained on how to share their faith. That training included in-person evangelism around Roswell and virtual evangelism among their peers on social media and through text messaging.
The program concluded with “dare day.” Smith said this day culminated with students and youth leaders coming together to develop a plan to implement what they learned during the training into their student ministry and their personal lives over the next 12 months. “Each kid walked away on Friday with a game plan for how much they wanted to share their faith, how they were going to pray this year, and what their youth ministry was going to be doing as far as creating disciples,” Smith said.