A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of sharing our testimonies and how each person has one (even those who think they don’t!).
My church takes an annual missions trip with Tom Elie, who teaches people to use a tool called the One Minute Witness that makes it easy for anybody to share their testimony in a simple way and in a short period of time. Though I haven’t been on one of these trips myself, I’ve heard examples of these quick testimonies from people who have, and after hearing how concise they are, I think the One Minute Witness is a great resource for anyone to use – especially those who feel like they aren’t skilled in evangelism or don’t know how to share their story effectively.
The main questions to consider are these:
It’s pretty simple, yet still powerful. You begin by asking someone – anyone – about the best thing that’s ever happened to them. Once they’ve shared their best moment, you ask them if you can share yours, tell your One Minute Witness (using the prompts above) in 60 seconds or less, and then let them know God can do for them everything he’s done for you if they’re interested in hearing more.
I am so not an evangelist – that doesn’t even come close to ranking high on my list of spiritual gifts – but even I can use this simple tool to share my testimony with others. Some people may not be too eager to hear a sermon or Bible story, but most people enjoy hearing someone else’s personal testimony. I, for one, love to hear other people’s stories!
Here’s my One Minute Witness as an example:
There was a time in my life when I felt rejected, broken, and insecure. Anxiety plagued me, and when some of my worst fears actually came true, God showed up. Not only did he show me more of himself, but he showed me how he sees me. He showed me that even when life doesn’t go according to my plan, his is better. Even when I can’t, he can. Even when others reject me, he chooses me, and he has chosen me for a special purpose.
With Jesus, I can be strong, whole, and at peace. If I didn’t have him, I would remain weak, broken, and afraid. He gives me courage and purpose, and he creates beauty where there was once brokenness. He will do all of those things for you, too. All you need to do is ask! Seek him, and you will find him. He has been waiting for you all along.
As I get older, wiser, and go through more experiences, maybe my one-minute testimony will shift a bit. But the above sums up my experience with Jesus in my 31 years and how he’s made a difference in my life so far. Even as someone who grew up in a home of faith, I have a testimony to share with others. You do, too!
If you’re interested in reading more about the One Minute Witness or creating one of your own, you can visit the Oasis World Ministries website.
So there are only three questions left to ask:
Answer those three things, and you have a powerful testimony.
Share your One Minute Witness in the comments below if you want to practice!