Posted by: Brian Musser | May 21, 2018

The Gospel in the Hands of a Telemarketer

One of our largest degree programs at Drexel is the Business School.  It is always interesting to see how a business student will engage their faith while at Drexel.  At times, our Christian student groups have been run on a semi-professional level just because the students were applying classroom strategies to engage the campus with the Gospel.  Then after a year or two when the leadership transitions into a group of engineers or artists the dynamics of the group shifts.  It is always a tension to maintain a group’s identity while still being flexible to foster the ever-changing leadership styles and personalities of the students in the room.  It is fun to harness the creativity of animators, the activity of entrepreneurs, the structure of engineers and the social skills of computer programmers.

I remember taking an accountant on a ministry trip.  He had an internship where one his tasks was to sign people up for credit cards.  This required cold-calls and tabling events.  He knew how to engage people in conversations.  He was accustomed to being turned down by the majority of people with whom he initiated conversations.  He trained to keep going even when the first 50 encounters were negative experiences.  These secular skills came in handy when we decided to share the Gospel at the University of Pittsburgh.

Because Drexel is still on the quarter system our spring break happens later than most other colleges so we have taken advantage of that to go and help other campus ministries nearby.  One year we went to Pittsburgh.  One thing we were really good at was using an evangelism tool called Soularium.  This tool is 50 pictures and 5 questions.  You use the pictures to answer the questions.  During spring break, we would go and work alongside other campuses training them in how to use Soularium.  Our accountant was an expert.  I remember him saying something like, “I have been put in so many awkward situations like this only to sell a credit card.  Now I get to use my skills to start conversations to share the Gospel.  This is so much easier and more important.”

That idea stuck with me.  God can use our secular training to prepare us to be better agents for His Kingdom.  Even while being a telemarketer you might be developing skills that can be used for His glory.

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