Leading a child to Christ is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be intimidating. Remember that, while God has called you to share this message, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit that leads a child to give his or her life to Christ.
Don’t give into your fears. Pray first. Then, invite the Holy Spirit to work with you as you share.
1. Be Conversational
When counseling one-on-one with a child, be conversational. Ask open-ended questions, then listen closely to the child’s reply. Questions to ask a child might include:
• Who is Jesus?
• What is sin?
• What is a Christian?
• Why do you want to become a Christian?
• How do you feel? (Sometimes the feelings we have are God’s way of speaking to us.)
• What has led you to start thinking about becoming a Christian?
• How long have you wanted to be a Christian?
2. Use the Bible
During the conversation, show the child verses in the Bible. Slowly explain the following verse to the child.
Verses you may need:
• 1 John 4:10 (God loves you)
• Romans 6:23 (sin separates us from God)
• Romans 5:8 (Christ died for us)
• Romans 3:23 (everyone sins)
• 1 John 1:9 (confess and ask for forgiveness for sin)
• Acts 16:31 (Believe and be saved)
• Romans 10:9 (follow Jesus).
Use language that children can understand to describe what each verse means. Avoid using abstract concepts. For example, instead of saying “giving your heart to Christ,” say “Give your whole self—your actions and your thoughts—to Christ.”
3. Avoid Pressure
Ask the question, then listen. Avoid pressuring the child to make a decision.
After counseling with the child, follow up with one or both parents or a church leader. Let them know about your conversation.
Also, follow-up with the child within the week. Ask if he or she has any new questions.