Discipleship Follow-Up Questionnaire
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(English and Spanish Versions Available).
Once you've led people to Christ with the Religious Attitude Questionnaire(or once you've determined that they're curious about Christ), you need to make contact with them again to answer any questions they might have, and invite them to fellowship at your church. To help you with that, we have the Discipleship Follow-Up Questionnaire.
Like the Religious Attitude Questionnaire, it consists of nine brief questions, and is designed to re-introduce the topic of the gospel, and find out where people stand.
You can also use the results of the questionnaire to get a better idea about how effective your outreach teams are.
Preparing yourself to use the questionnaire.
First, print enough questionnaires to be able to attach one to each completed Religious Attitude Questionnaire. Transfer the information under
For Office Use Onlyto the new questionnaire. Staple them together, with the Follow-Up Questionnaire on top.
Next, print out a lot of copies of our free pamphlet,Our Spiritual Journey Together, and copies of our free pamphlet,Walking with the Lord Jesus Christ. Have both pamphlets handy in case you need to refer to them. Make sure to include your church’s information on the back of the pamphlet. (If someone isn’t willing to go through the questionnaire, you can at least give them a pamphlet.)
Along with copies of the questionnaire and pamphlets, bring Bibles or New Testaments to give away in case anyone needs one. Bring your church's literature—some information about your services and ministries. Bring a gift basket or a plate of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.
Make sure the team that presents this questionnaire is not the same as the team that presented the previous questionnaire. Present the questionnaire in pairs. One person does all the talking; the other person prays that the Holy Spirit work on the person you’re talking to. Don’t interrupt one another or correct one another; save such things for after you've left.
When you go to the door, knock. (The doorbell may be broken.) Knock loud. Wait thirty seconds—sometimes people need time to reach the door—then knock again. Knock a third and fourth time to make it clear you're not leaving easily. If still no one answers, arrange to visit on a different day or time.
Using the Questionnaire
Begin by reminding the person that they've completed the Religious Attitude Questionnaire, and when that was. Ask if you can ask nine more brief questions.
If they say yes, go through the questionnaire. If no, offer them pamphlets and your other literature.
Fill out the questionnaire for them. That way, you should be able to read the handwriting, and you will get more complete answers than you would if they filled it out themselves.
- Did you feel the team was friendly and sincere?
Find out what they thought of the outreach team. If they didn't care for the outreach team, look for consistent critiques and act accordingly with the members of outreach team.
- Did you feel the questions were clear and thought-provoking?
If they don't remember the questions, that's okay. You can refer to the questions on the attached Religious Attitude Questionnaire.
- Was there any one question you remember more than the others? —If so, which one?
Here is an opportunity to review the questions from the Religious Attitude Questionnaire. You can make them clearer if they weren't entirely understood.
- Did you understand the booklet
Our Spiritual Journey Together?
Here is an opportunity to review Our Spiritual Journey Together. You can make it clearer if it wasn't entirely understood.
- Based on those scriptures, and the prayer you prayed, if you died what do you think would happen to you?
and the prayer you prayedif they didn't actually pray it. This is an opportunity to make certain people understand the decision for Christ that they made.
- Did the team leave
Walking with the Lord Jesus Christwith you? —Do you have any questions about it?
Here is an opportunity review Walking with the Lord Jesus Christ. If they haven't received a copy of it, you can present and go through it.
- What do you think is the next step God wants you to take in your life?
Refer to the Walking with the Lord Jesus Christ pamphlet. Encourage them to make a commitment to attend church—or at least read the Bible, pray, and share their faith.
- Would you be interested in having someone help you study the Bible and answer questions you might have on a regular basis?
Again, refer to the pamphlet. If they haven't made a commitment to attend church, this may get them to realize that church is necessary to help them understand the Bible or encourage them to pray regularly. If not, they can at least be connected to your church in this way.
- We would like you to visit our church sometime. Do you need a ride?
While they may have recognized their need to go to a church, they usually won't do it until they've been invited. Here, you've just invited them to your church—and removed one of the major objections to why they can't go.
While you're at it, remove any other objections they can think of. If they
don't have anything nice to wear, provide something appropriate. If they
have to work that morning or
have to sleep because I work that evening, direct them towards your evening service. (If you don't have an evening service, start one—or direct them towards another church's evening service.) If they
won't remember, offer to give them a wake-up call. If they simply won't say no, then do anything reasonable to get them to say yes.
Get Follow-up Data
Copy the information from the Religious Attitude Questionnaire. Correct or add any information you can when you visit.
Make comments about people’s receptivity, or any questions they might have had. Put your name and the names of any team members who were with you. If you were a member of any future follow-up team, and hadn’t met this person, what information would you like to know?
For a video introduction to the Religious Attitudes Questionnaire and using booklets for evangelism, Sharing Your Spiritual Journey with Others presents a thorough introduction, particularly in Part 12,
Intentional Outreach Approaches.
We’ve just finished principal photography for Be His Witness, a video seminar that specifically shows you how to use the Religious Attitudes Questionnaire for outreach. We expect it to be complete in January 2007. Check back with Barnabas Missions for updates.