How can we become more successful in leading men and women to make a favorable decision for Christ and His Church?
Here are some principles to keep in mind:
- Ask for a decision on the key points presented in the summary of each Bible study. It is unrealistic to expect a favorable decision at the conclusion of the studies if you have not obtained progressive decisions at each step along the way.
- Encourage your student to put into practice each new principle as it unfolds. Light that is not followed turns into darkness.
- Do not ask for a major decision until your perspective member has sufficient information to enable him or her to make an intelligent decision.
- Watch for evidence of conviction so you will know that there is a readiness to be asked to make a decision. Signals include questions such as, “What if I can’t get Saturdays off?” or, “What if my husband won’t let me tithe?” Clues like these indicate that the person has been contemplating a decision and is already considering the consequences of that decision.
- Ask for a decision on the basis of a choice between two alternatives. For example, “We are planning a baptism on the 15th and one on the 29th. Which would be better for you?”
- Always expect a favorable decision.
- Determine the specific barriers to decision, and then work to remove those barriers.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for decisions. If a person is never asked, they do not have the opportunity to say, “Yes.” In fact, some conclude they are not wanted because they are not asked when they are ready.
Reprinted from Practical Guide to Personal Ministries