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By Linson Daniel

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I had an awesome time last week on campus. Within the span of 60 minutes, I had the chance to talk about life, faith, and Jesus with an atheist, a Hindu, and an international student from Kenya. What a rush! None of them made a significant decision to follow Jesus, but I felt that the Kingdom had come nearer to them. That was pretty exciting.

You may believe that you could never be awesome at sharing your faith. Trust me, I was right there with you. In fact, I still doubt whether I really know what I am doing! However, I keep trying. Along the way, I’ve noticed 10 steps that have helped me become increasingly better at sharing my faith with others.

I believe you can be awesome at sharing your faith with these 10 simple steps:

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The science of leading a movement can be reproduced anywhere, but the experience of leading a movement is unique.  It leaves a lasting impression on you as you reflect upon it.  I have learned more about myself and God in the past 4 years than ever before in my life.  I want to share 6 lessons I learned about myself and God while leading a movement to reach South Asian-American college students in Texas and Oklahoma.

UT-Austin OneWay InterVarsity Founders in 2001

UT-Austin OneWay InterVarsity Founders in 2001

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Technological breakthroughs coupled with the ever-connected global village have birthed a generation that sees the world differently.  Millennials are a beautiful generation that is highly creative!  Creatives are everywhere — especially in the university context.  I believe there are more opportunities now for creatives to express themselves than ever before!

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Growth - NTX-OK Area Team 2013

Linson’s Staff Team in North Texas and Oklahoma

I love planting new communities on university campuses all over my geographic area.  It is a thrilling experience to meet students, empower them, and start missional communities that produce renewal.  I often get labeled as an “apostolic” person, but my heart wants something more than being one apostolic person… I want to start movements that are apostolic!

But first, there has been much discussion about what it means to be apostolic.  A few of my colleagues and I have landed on a phrase that encapsulates the idea of an apostle.  “An apostolic person is sent by God’s Spirit to expand the Kingdom across boundaries into new places”.  I like this definition for four reasons.

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By Linson Daniel

I was contemplating the impact of missionaries coming to India and sharing the Gospel with my ancestors.  If it were not for their efforts, then I do not think I would be a Christian today.  I am amazed at how God changed generations of countless families in India, including mine, because of the faithfulness of those few missionaries.  

Consequently, evangelism is very important to me.  I believe that evangelism should be the leading value for any church, para-church, and/or ministry.  Out of a healthy culture of evangelism flow the values of growth, discipleship, community, worship, etc.  

One of the first things I did as Area Director for North Texas and Oklahoma was to instill the importance of evangelism within my team.  My area did not have a fruitful history in the area of evangelism, and this eventually created stagnation in all of the other values.  Therefore, I initiated an evangelistic culture shift.

Here are the 5 steps that I used to lead an evangelistic culture shift within our team:

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