Training Session 3

Padre Mission Trip Training

Written By Dr. Buddy Young

©1997 West Texas A&M University’s Baptist Student Ministries/ Revised 2018


Materials Needed:

  • Hotline Cards (two per person)
  • Dealing with Tough Questions Material
  • Copies of the sample prayer of Commitment
  • Youtube videos Session 3  http://youtu.be/cE8dYMEco1Q


A. Introduction (5 min.)

Show Session 3  youtube video

Remind students of the things they need to turn in. Talk about details and deadlines for your specific group. If your group is large enough, determine group leaders and groups.

B. Your Story Practice (10 min)

  • Using Your Story Worksheet Divide the students into groups of two. Have them practice the Your Story material on each other. Remind them to have several versions of their Story so as they listen to the Beach Goer they can adapt their Story to relate to the situation of the hearer. Have them begin by asking, “Can I tell you my story?” Tell them you will only give them 2 minutes to tell their story. Call time at the end of two minutes and have them reverse roles.

C. Evangelism Practice (10-20 min.)

  • Using the ACT principle Divide the students into groups of two. Have them practice the Satisfaction Model (the Jesus challenge/3:16 model or the evangelism model you will use with your students). Method on each other using the ACT Principle. Have one person play the role of the Reach Reacher and the other that of the Beach Goer. After a few minutes have them switch roles. Begin the encounter by having the Beach Reacher ask the Beach Goer: “Hi we’re with Beach Reach here helping people during spring break, I am (your name) who are you?”
  • Using the Hotline Card Divide the students into different groups of two. Have them practice the Satisfaction Model (or your evangelism model). Method on each other using the back of the Hotline Card. Have them go through the entire Satisfaction Model (or your evangelism model). Have one person play the role of the Reach Reacher and the other that of the Beach Goer. After a few minutes have them switch roles. Begin the encounter by having the Beach Reacher ask the Beach Goer: “Hi we’re here with Beach Reach helping people during Spring Break, did you get one of our cards?”

Give each person about five minutes to go through the methods.


A. Materials

  • Dealing with Tough Questions Material  Print off this material to give to the students and/or explain to them where they can find the answers to specific questions online. (God Tools “Questions about God” and carm.org)

B. Training

  • Steps to Servant Evangelism Remind the students of the seven step process of the Steps to Servant Evangelism. Review the ACT and the Satisfaction Model (your evangelism model) steps 1,2, 3, and 4. Explain that once you have Directed the conversation toward Spiritual matters and Discussed the Gospel, you would proceed to step 5, Deal with any objections, then on to step 6, Deliver an invitation to come to Christ. Explain that in this session the student will learn steps 5 and 6 in the process.

Step 5: Deal with Objections (15 min.) Explain to the students that although this section is listed after the discussion of the gospel, very often questions will arise while sharing the Satisfaction Model (or your evangelism model) Method. Explain that after the gospel presentation they would need to address any misunderstandings and objections that the non-believer might raise.

This can be accomplished by asking a transition question such as:

  • “Do you understand everything that we have discussed?” or
  • “Is there anything that we have discussed that would prevent you from believing in who Jesus is and what He did for you?”

Small Groups:

Discuss where they can get the Dealing with Tough Questions material. Divide them into groups of 4 and have them discuss ways that they have responded to difficult questions. Have them come up with the most common objections that have been raised by non-believers and discuss answers that they can give to the queries.

Large Groups:

Bring them back into a large group and dialogue about what they discussed. Encourage the students not to be afraid of addressing questions as they are asked. Help them realize that often it is important to dialogue with the non-believer concerning spiritual issues that might hinder them from following Christ.

Assist the student to understand that they might not be able to answer effectively all the objections that they might encounter in sharing the gospel. It is perfectly ok to say,

“You know I don’t know how to answer that question, but I will search for an answer, and try to get back to you.”

Finally, the students must discern that the Holy Spirit is the only one who can:

  • Give the believer the words to say
  • Guide individuals into the truth
  • Open the eyes and soften the heart of the lost.

Step 6: Deliver An Invitation (5 min.)

Encouragement to Offer an Invitation

  • Share the importance of asking someone to make a commitment after hearing the gospel.
  • Stress that Jesus invited people to respond. Express that some followed Him while others rejected His invitation.

Use the examples below: Luke 5:27-28, Matthew 4:18-19, and Luke 18:18-23.

  • Make sure the students understand that we are not responsible for how someone responses to the message, but we are responsible to give everyone who hears the gospel an opportunity to respond.

Transition Question for the Invitation After sharing the gospel the student can ask this or a similar question: “What would it take for you to turn from your sin and turn to God right Now?

Prayer of Commitment If the student is sure that the non-Christian wants to receive Jesus, then they can lead them in a prayer of commitment similar to the one below.

Pray this or a similar prayer:

Dear God,

I know that I have sinned against you.

I know that the penalty for my sin is spiritual death.

Jesus, I believe that You died for my sins.

Please forgive me of my sins and give me eternal life.

Change my life and help me to follow you.

Thank you,

In Jesus name, Amen.


  • Continue to have someone hold you accountable.
  • Plan to do something for or with a “Not Yet” friend this week. Try to minister to a need that they have. Use one of the Servant Evangelism Projects from last week, or think of something. Be creative. Be sure and include the Prayer Evangelism method when doing your project.
  • Continue to add to your “Not Yet” list of friends. Pray daily for each one to come to Christ.
  • Practice the Satisfaction Model (or your evangelism model) method using the ACT Principle with at least four more people this week. Try to go all the way through Step 6 with each one you share with.
  • Pray for God to meet your needs to go to Padre.
  • Keep enlisting prayer partners.
  • Pray daily for your accountability partner, yourself, and the concerns on the 30 days of prayer sheet.

PRAYER TIME (10 min.)

  • Divide into teams. (It would be helpful to keep these groups together for the remainder of the training sessions. You might choose the teams prior to this session so several weak students will not be in the same group. You will need to appoint a group leader for each team.)
  • Pray by name for each person on your “Not Yet” List.
  • Have members share specific prayer concerns and pray for each other.
  • Pray for Today’s concern on the 30 days of prayer sheet