Jess and I were roommates in college. Bible college, that is. Realm of mandatory chapel services, curfews, and dress codes. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Bible college, for both the new-start-after-high-school experience, and the Bible savvy I gained. But back then “witnessing” meant winning arguments and showing off our Bible prowess.
Oh my, I just did the math, and it was 30+ years ago! We have both mellowed since then. But he has retained his zealousness, in a good way. (Oops, should I have used the word zeal there? Zealousness sounds more impressive, doesn’t it?) I’m trying to do the same.
Jess came for a visit, and he and I were talking about this crazy ministry of reaching out to Jehovah’s Witnesses that God has placed in my path. He’s very supportive of the whole thing, and wants to see it reach its full potential. So we began brainstorming (okay, mostly he did the brainstorming) about what some next steps ought to be.
For one thing, he has invited me to speak to a church group he’s involved with. Cool! I plan on taking him up on that.
Secondly, he thought I should develop a curriculum to be used by others. I’m working on that.
Third, he thought it would be good if I involved others in the ministry. I’d like to, and have been thinking the same, but have been rather stymied as to how to make that happen. His (good) suggestion was to develop mentoring with individuals, whether in person or online. Hmm. Boy, that would be great! Jess has a lot of experience with online video conferencing stuff through his work, so he may be my go-to guy for ongoing advice in developing that. I would need to get some equipment for that, including a descent video cam. (Tell me in the comments whether you would want to learn from me either in person or online. We could get started by phone if we can’t meet in person.)
Finally, he came up with the idea of me preparing some training role-play videos, where I and others act out how to talk with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sound familiar? Yes, it would be similar to the role-playing that the JW’s do in their “theocratic ministry school.” Sounds fun, yes? I’ll be looking for fellow actors for that, and former JW’s would be ideal, since they would have the best insight into the mindset of an active JW, and would be the best candidates to play that role.
Let me know what you think about all this. Brainstorm with us! Meanwhile, I will be seeking guidance from Jehovah’s Holy Spirit. May the Lord speak to you as well, no matter what the issue is you’re facing.