Your Hobbies, God's Mission
You can create fun, honest communites online that help people get curious about Jesus.
Follow along with our student, Destiny, to learn how to spark a good conversations, fan the flame with honest sharing, and stoke the fire by inviting friends to explore Jesus.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Follow Along With Destiny
Ignite events begin with fun and end with honest conversations.
Ex. cooking zoom group, poetry slam, book discussions, etc.
Think of friends who could support you in prayer or co-hosting the event.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 2:14
Which honest conversation will you host?
Proxes have helped InterVarsity students host honest conversations with friends and strangers on campus for the last 10+ years.
Choose a proxe to use to spark your honest conversation:
“God wipes away our tears.”
"Jesus breaks the chains of oppression."
"God invites us to be totally honest."
What network of friends will you invite?
Create your invitation
Like Destiny, invite people in your networks to join you for a fun activity and a caring, honest conversation.
“We’ll discuss how we find peace in a time of anxiety.”
"We'll discuss how we find hope in a time of injustice.”
"We'll discuss how to find real connection in a time of loneliness."
Lead an honest conversation
After having fun, start an honest conversation
Refer back to the invitation you sent everyone and ask them your honest question:
“As I said in my invitation, this event is part fun and part honest conversation. I want to offer space for us to share how we’re doing...”
"How are you all finding peace in a time of anxiety?"
How are you all responding to racial tension? (use this poster) How are you all finding hope in a time of injustice?”
How are you all finding connection in a time of loneliness? Sometimes it is hard to be real.
“I'll go first....”
Discover your story of hope
Destiny's Honest Sharing
Pick one area of brokenness and invite God to speak to you about this:
“But [Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
Listening Prayer is simple.
- Just ask, “Holy Spirit, I have been feeling (name the emotion). Would you please speak to me about that right now?”
- Wait on God’s response and reflect (30 seconds).
For an additional example of listening prayer, watch this video.
Prepare your story
- The more specific, personal, and vulnerable your sharing is, the better.
- Don't be preachy or use "Christianese" (see this guide if you need help)
- Keep it brief (about 15 seconds).
The best part!
There’s nothing like the “aha” moment when seekers and skeptics get a clear picture of Jesus the revolutionary for the first time. They often respond, “Who has been hiding Jesus from me?!” We have the great honor of offering them this opportunity of a lifetime!
We will help you create a winsome transition from your Ignite events to your GIG (God Investigation Group)
Easy to Lead Bible Discussions
What do you like about this?
Use art to stoke curiosity
To increase interest in your follow-up event, show the corresponding proxe to preview what’s to come, and ask a question:
Write an invitation to explore Jesus
Invite people to a GIG on another day or to a GIG right after the event for those who want to stick around for another 30 minutes.