I spent half of March on the white, sandy beaches of Florida during spring break. Rough gig, I know. As beautiful as the beaches and crystal water may be, what was even more beautiful was the passion of hundreds of college students joining me for BeachReach, each eager to share their faith with thousands of other college spring breakers.
Over two and a half weeks, there were thousands of gospel conversations happening, where young adults were using Scripture and weaving their personal faith stories together to point others to Jesus. Some were more comfortable sharing and could easily adapt their methods to best fit the people they encountered. Others were sharing their faith for the first time and aided by a presentation that helped them walk through the main points of the gospel.
Whether seasoned or novice, several apps surfaced that helped young adults—all along the spectrum—to share their faith with others.
- Life Conversation Guide—This simple app from the North American Mission Board is free and has several great features. It provides a visual on your phone screen (sometimes also referred to as the three circles diagram) that can be a helpful aid to keep people engaged during a conversation. Also, there are brief text blocks that can be pulled up for each image to give simple verbiage to keep the presentation moving if someone ever gets stuck, as well as helpful Bible verses to go with each step of the presentation. Additionally, the app offers next steps suggestions at the end of the presentation if needed.
- Soularium—This app is based around images that help build spiritual conversations. It is not based on a step-by-step presentation, but draws people in with images and asks questions designed to help the sharer discern where someone is on their spiritual journey. Young adults should still be trained on how to share the main points of the gospel in order to utilize this app, but it can help them open up conversations where people are ready to hear the truth of what Christ has done for us.
- Share Jesus Without Fear—This app is built off the proven gospel presentation and a resource by the same name. The Share Jesus Without Fear app does provide more of a step-by-step gospel presentation, and one of the highlights of the app is that it is packed with Scripture. Young adults could use this app to share their faith and go “off script” if they felt the presentation was too canned or disingenuous, but they could still have access to use any of the suggested Scriptures all along the way.
As we seek to make disciples who make disciples among young adults in our ministries, we must be intentional about helping them share their faith with others. These apps can be a great resource for them as they seek to introduce others to Jesus.
Bill Noe is the Collegiate Ministry Specialist at Lifeway Christian Resources. A former campus minister (and current collegiate ministry volunteer at church), Bill loves being a part of seeing college students grow in their walk with the Lord. Connect with Bill on Twitter.