Congratulations! You’re working with someone who is CURIOUS about Jesus and the Gospel. Your goal with a CURIOUS person is to steward their curiosity and help them transition to belief. The truth is that genuine conversion isn’t fueled by a person’s curiosity but rather by the call of Jesus on their life. You’ll need to help CURIOUS people discover that Jesus is calling them.
Let’s get started by getting familiar with the CURIOUS Stage. What’s a CURIOUS person? Click here for how we define a CURIOUS person and other FAQs. Once you’re comfortable with the definition, start the following steps:
Step 1- MAKE SURE THE PERSON YOU ARE WORKING WITH HAS FILLED OUT THE STAGES ONLINE ASSESSMENT FORM. A CURIOUS person may not want to do an assessment yet but if they are willing, it would be worth it. The assessment will help you understand where they are, what they are looking for and what you need to do to help them. You’ll automatically receive a copy of their results with some instructions on what to do next. Find the form here.Step 2- A. HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT GROWTH RHYTHMS. Not sure what those are? Growth Rhythms are the regular practices of growing Christians. Even someone who is CURIOUS can get started on these rhythms. Why would they practice the rhythms of a faith they don’t fully believe yet? Tell them there is no greater way to explore a faith than to practice it. Perhaps in doing so their curiosity will bloom into faith. Teach them how to live out the rhythms they are willing to commit to. Click here to download a conversation guide about Growth Rhythms. There are suggestions for each stage and a way to make goals for each rhythm. B. GET FAMILIAR WITH THE MEET-UP GUIDE. You’ll use it every time you get together to stay on track. You can find the Meet-Up Guide here. Eventually, looking back, looking up, and looking ahead will come naturally.
Discussing their Online Assessment Results, Growth Rhythms, and the Meet-Up guide would make a great first session.
Step 3- GET STARTED WORKING ON DIFFERENT GROWTH AREAS. Some of these lessons will teach or reinforce Growth Rhythms. Most of these lessons are based on emails written from a Disciple Maker to the person they were working with. Do them in the order you think would be the most helpful for the person you’re working with. Just print them out and read them together or send them a link ahead of time to read. It’s okay for them to know you’re using a worksheet to guide you. It will help them to know what to do when they eventually start working with someone on their own.
THINGS TO KNOW
- CLUES FOR THE CURIOUS OVERVIEW, CLUES 1-4, CLUES 5-7, CLUES 8-10
- HOW PEOPLE FIND GOD
- THE BIG STORY
- FAITH VS LOGIC? PART 1, PART 2
- UNIQUENESS OF JESUS AS MAN, AND GOD PART 1, PART 2
- THE BIBLE AS GOD’S RELIABLE TRUTH
THINGS TO FEEL
THINGS TO DO
- EXAMINE KEY SCRIPTURES
- PRAY WITH SOMEONE
- START TO PRAY ON THEIR OWN
- ASK QUESTIONS, GET ANSWERS
- INTERACT WITH BELIEVERS
- START RESISTING SIN
Remember to use a Meet-Up Guide to help you organize your time no matter which topic you choose. If you get done with all the material above but still want to spend time working on this stage , check out these extra resources and suggestions.