Search’s mission is inviting adults to take a next step toward God. One of our guiding scriptures that informs how we accomplish our mission is 2 Timothy 2:2, which reads:
“…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
Brandon’s story is a great example of someone living out our mission.
Brandon has been a part of a Search group of guys that has met for two hours one morning each week before work for the last two years. This group is specifically designed to entrust [the gospel] to faithful men who will be able to teach others. Our group went on a retreat in January and Brandon expressed his anxiety about leading a group when the training is over. He wondered if that meant “something was wrong.” As the discussion went on, our group observed two things. First, others had the same thoughts, and second, they discovered that in spite of that fear they were already engaging guys in a variety of creative and different ways. Brandon, for example, has been hosting a bourbon and whiskey club at his office after work once a month and using that opportunity to engage in conversation. He is much more comfortable initially meeting one or two guys at a time in conversation. It is in that environment that Brandon discovered his “evangelism sweet spot.” He says the process showed him that “I don’t have to have the same skill set [as the group leaders] to be useful in Search or in any other ministry. I have been wired with a unique set of skills that is truly desired and useful.”
A lesson for all of us at the retreat was that a key aspect in personally taking another step toward God is allowing the Spirit of God to show us all our own “evangelism sweet spot”. It is in this way that God will use our unique strengths to reach those he loves for himself and his kingdom.