5 Tips for Discipling a Non-Christian: Mission

I’ve put community first and mission last in this five part series because often that’s how we disciple non-christians. We take them to church, try and get them to understand everything and follow Jesus properly and then, when they’ve been doing that for a while, we suggest that sharing their faith with others might also be a good idea. 

Jesus didn’t do it like that. 

In Luke 10 (before Jesus had taught them how to pray!) he sends out seventy two disciples to go to the surrounding villages to tell people about the Kingdom of Heaven and to pray for the sick to be healed and demons to be cast out. 

When Jesus met the woman at the well in John 4, within a moment of meeting Jesus she went back to her village and told everyone about Jesus, encouraging them to come and meet him too.

Mission happens as soon as people want to share the good news. 

Some people are natural evangelists, they’ll just go and tell people without much help. Others have all the desire in the world but don’t know where to begin which is OK, there’s loads of great resources out there to help: the 3 circles, Jesus at the Door and the BC/JC/AD testimony sharing model are some great tools to use. 

Another brilliant resource is the Fusion Worldview Survey which was originally a survey created to collect data from students but has become a great resource for inviting students to church and sharing the story of Jesus. We’ve found that roughly 74% of non-christian students would go to church if someone invited them and over 70% of non-christians are open to hearing the story of Jesus. 

Jesus said the harvest is plentiful and it’s our job to pray for workers to go, and also to be the workers who go, and make disciples. As you model how to do mission with your friend, taking them out on campus and showing them how to share the gospel they will learn how to model that for others.

This five part series is fairly simple but discipleship doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s worth noting two other areas I haven't covered are the importance of Baptism and Communion - but hopefully that will come up as you read the Bible and take them to church!

For a deeper dive into all these areas and more check out the WTC discipleship course. If you want to know more about how these points can work practically in your student group or if you want to put some of this into practice yourself, reach out to hello@fusionmovement.org.

Roscoe Crawley

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Roscoe is committed to seeing students' lives transformed by the hope of Jesus. Based in Bristol, he works with local Churches to help them disciple, mentor and equip students for mission.

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