What non-Christians believe and think

Getting inside Jay’s head

How do non-Christians think? If it is some years since you became a Christian, maybe you have forgotten? Or if you made a commitment very early in life, maybe you never really knew. And if your only friends are believers, how can you ever find out? What are their felt needs and worries? We cannot easily reach those we do not understand.

This material can be used as a monologue within an IE Day program. It can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Other dramas and monologues are also available.

Let’s look inside Jay’s head …

“I’m not a Christian, so ...

Jay is the majority

Our imaginary friend Jay is typical of many people in the West and beyond. Even in the US context with an unusually high level of church-going, he or she still represents half the population – someone who is ‘unchurched’. In Canada, Europe, Australia/NZ, where church-going is often 5% or less, ‘Jays’ represent the overwhelming majority of the population.

Some writers place a photo of a real or imaginary ‘target reader’ on their desks, so that they do not lose focus in their communication. Jay represents that ‘everyperson’ we should be aiming to communicate with.

Attempts to reach Jay, using assumptions, language or methods which might work for someone with a church background, or may have been successful in the past, are likely to fail.

Another vital point, not understood by many male evangelists: women actually think differently to men. They respond to different needs and issues.

What sorts of evangelism is most likely to reach Jay? What are his or her felt needs? Where would you place Jay on the Gray Matrix?

More questions about reaching Jay.

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