As a volunteer on the Encouragement Team, you have THE most important role of the night. This event was birthed out of answered prayer and should be fully bathed in prayer before, during and after the event. Encourager volunteers have more specific Do's and Don'ts because of the seriousness of your role, working in direct contact with people making eternal decisions. Please follow the process and adhere to the procedures.
As an Encourager you will be provided a specific shirt to wear at the event. It will be issued to you when you check in and you will turn it back in before you leave the stadium. We now have a built up inventory of these shirts and you will no longer be asked to purchase them. The shirt will be a distinct and unique color to make it easy to spot the "safe" people. These "safe" people will be the ONLY people allowed on the field during decision time. You will be required to wear a name tag that you'll receive at check-in to allow you field access. If you have NOT completed and submitted your 2016 Encourager Agreement (found on this webpage) prior to Friday, Sept 30, before the event (Oct. 12th), you will NOT be allowed to work on the field. No exceptions. Please know that it is VERY important that we provide a safe environment with trained, qualified Christian men and women working with these new brothers and sisters in Christ. These procedures are in place solely for THAT purpose.
General Procedures: • Seek and Pray for opportunities to come your way. Don't wait for a more convenient time. • Lead directly to a definite acceptance of Christ. Don't tell a long history of your salvation -keep it short and sweet! • Be courteous, not overbearing or too talkative. Let them speak. Be a good listener. • Talk with the person alone, if at all possible. In a crowd he or she may use excuses, but alone or to the side they may open up more. • Always keep confident "faith". Faith is what makes things happen. • Don't rely on your own ability or experiences. Keep praying for guidance. Let the Holy Spirit guide you with each person you talk with. • Don't become impatient. This is the greatest decision in anyone's life. • • Keep the focus on Jesus and not on denominational issues.
• How to begin -in the Salvation work area: If a person comes to this area, understand that they are responding to a call and are saying "I need Jesus". • Cast the right net. Be friendly. • Ask a simple question, like "How are you doing tonight?" • Listen to their answer and WHY they came to you. • If they are truly there for Salvation, you need to walk them through it. You'll find some great scripture in some of the following sample verses. Read through these and become familiar and comfortable with them so that you can respond to their needs. Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:10-13 Once you've gone through the scriptures and explained them and they are ready to receive Jesus as their personal savior, gently walk them through the steps and make certain that they understand. Pray with them and make sure that they confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord!
Here are some examples of Scripture on Assurance: John 3:17, 1 Tim. 2:3-4, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 5:13, John 17:3, Romans 10:13, John 5:24
How to begin -Rededication Area -if a person comes to this area, realize that they believe that they have already received Christ into their heart and they are coming to rededicate their life through prayer. • Ask them what is going on in their life. • Ask them how you can help them. • Once they share with you, PRAY with them, love them, reassure them.
How to begin -Prayer Area -if a person comes to this area, realize that there is something going on in their life that could be deep. They need you to HEAR their hurt. Pray with them. There will be licensed, professional crisis counselors on site. They will be standing directly behind the stage, to provide some visual privacy. If, while talking with a responder, you feel that they have some issues going on that need more professional attention (suicidal thoughts, abuse, cutting, addiction) please escort him or her to the Crisis Counselors. Wave down another adult that's on the field and ask them to stay with your group until you return.
BASIC DO'S and DON'Ts: DO'S ¬ • DO pray with people • DO read your Bible with people • DO keep it simple • DO show them genuine love • DO keep Jesus at the front of the conversation • • Do be patient and gentle •
DON'Ts ¬ • DONT assume everyone knows Jesus • DONT be drawn into an argument • DONT lose patience • DONT get sidetracked about denominational issues • DONT speak too fast