FAQs on Contextualization
We have found that the 5 Thresholds work in a variety of contexts. They have been translated in nearly 10 languages, and are being utilized in various countries around the world. Here are some pro-tips to serve different contexts:
Nominal or Cultural Christians have not yet made the decision to make Jesus the center of their entire life. We recommend that you focus on the 4th Threshold, focusing their quest.
International Student Ministry
We have found the following questions to be the most helpful as international students move through the 5 Thresholds:
- What’s your spiritual background?
- What has surprised you the most about Christians?
- What are some challenges or barriers that might keep you from following Jesus?
- How is learning from Jesus challenging your personal values and relationships?
Check out our International Student Ministry toolkit (link coming soon).
Graduate Students & Faculty
We have also found the 5 Thresholds to be very helpful for graduate students and faculty. Hear from Melody, an expert at Graduate students and Faculty Ministry:
“The beauty of the Five Thresholds is that it helps grad students and faculty see that having the right answer is not nearly as important as being a trust-worthy friend. I like to remind students and faculty that we can actually build trust by exploring answers together with our friends and NOT giving them immediate answers. Grad students and faculty are often very good at asking questions, so another strength with the Thresholds is focus on asking good questions to help folks on their spiritual journey. Lastly, GFM folks have been responding positively when given a chance to follow Jesus for themselves.” - (Melodie Marske, GFM Regional Director)
Check out our Graduate Student and Faculty Toolkit (staff only).
The 5 Thresholds are very helpful with people of other faiths. Here are some of our best practices:
- Go to their faith event and read their religious texts in order to build trust and reciprocity.
- Be curious about what they believe. Ask good questions about their experience and convictions.
- Tell them honest stories about your needs and how you bring your issues to Jesus in prayer. Ask if you can pray for them in the name of Jesus. You can say, It is fine if you do not believe in Jesus. I need to pray in the name of Jesus because it’s the only way I know how to access his power.
- Invite them to look at the bible with you. Try these exploratory bible studies.