excerpted from Gilbert Kingsley:
These are four simple questions/statements that will naturally engage people within your sphere of relationships in spiritual conversations.
Something as simple as asking a “Sometime” question helps you find out their level of interest and takes the pressure off in the moment.
- “Sometime could I share with you the difference Jesus Christ has made in my life?”
- “I would enjoy hearing more about your spiritual journey sometime....would that be possible?”
This comes from God Space by Doug Pollock. It recognizes the power of good questions and gives you a place to start a conversation.
“I wonder” is a way to find out what others are interested in and can invite them to search for answers. Some “I wonder” statements include.
- “That’s interesting. I wonder how you came to that perspective.”
- “I wonder what role religion has played in shaping your life.”
Jesus often led with questions. In fact, at times he answered a question with His own question. When you ask good wondering questions you demonstrate that you are listening thoughtfully. Such questions come from a desire to better understand the person.
Open-ended questions are best. They promote further dialogue and have the potential to cause others to reflect, possibly leading to their own questioning.
(ht: Gilbert's Coaching Tips)