Eventually after exploring a new school you will find a student that could be the key person God wants to use to reach their school. This student may or may not have much ministry experience, and might even be a young believer. Either way, you have recognized in them a willingness to follow God. So, lets can call this person a Potential Key Volunteer or PKV, because we see some serious potential in them.

But we won’t know for sure what their level of willingness is, nor their potential until we give them an opportunity to try and lead the spiritual charge on their school. To find out what they want to do, and to see if God is calling them into a more involved role in the great commission, we initiate with them and invite them to become a Key Volunteer. This invitation is what we call, “The Challenge”

Challenging a student to become a Key Volunteer is a process that can go quickly, or take several meetings. The emphasis is not on the time required, or a specific process. Instead, stay on the idea that The Challenge has one goal: Figure out if this student is willing to enter into a committed role on their campus.

To do this involves two key skills:

1. Vision Casing
2. Challenging (or Inviting)

Vision Casting

Successful vision casting in Catalytic happens when the person you are casting vision to walks away from the conversation with a much more clear picture of the vision God is giving them.

In Catalytic vision casting the student should be doing a lot of talking and the Catalyst (you) should be doing a lot of listening.

The skill then lies in the ability to ask good questions. Here are a few you might try:

1. Could you share with me some ways you would hope to see God change your university?

  • Why do you want him to change that? Do you think he is able to change that?
  • Is there anything you would like to do to help him do that?

2. What do you think God’s vision for the world is?

  • What does he want to see happen?
  • As he looks out over your nation, what do you think makes him sad? Does that make you sad too?

3. If God asked you to be his missionary on your campus, would you accept?

  • Do you feel adequate? Would you know what to do?
  • What kind of help would you need to do this?

The goal of this kind of vision casting is not to convince the person of something you think they should do, but to take the time to discover what God is putting on their heart to do. This can be done in one conversation very quickly, or it may be a series of conversations that slowly help the student to understand more clearly what God is saying to them. There are many directions this conversation might take you, encourage the student to investigate and support their thoughts from the Bible at any time by asking: Is there anything in the Bible that supports that idea?

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