FARM CONVERSATION NOTES
Be aware. The FARM Conversation is especially suited for those you don't presently know. The real harvest is among unknown relationships; the people we encounter every day who are willing to engage in conversation, ready to hear about the Bible, and want to share it with others.
Be inquisitive. The FARM Conversation is question-driven. There is no limit to the number you can ask. Ask follow-up questions. Enjoy the dialogue. Get to know the person with whom you're conversing. Learn, understand, and discover. Have fun. If there is one thing most people are comfortable talking about, it is themselves.
Be open minded. The FARM conversation can incorporate follow-up options. If the person you are talking with doesn't want to answer spiritual questions, but is someone with whom you have more time, you might ask if they have any spiritual questions for you. You'll be surprised how many people have unanswered spiritual questions. Remember, the master teacher is the Holy Spirit. Tell people what you know about their question, but point them to Scripture for ultimate answers.
If they don't want to know more and are someone you're not likely to see again, thank them for the chance to get to know them. People need several different exposures to the gospel before they respond. So play your role in graciously releasing them for their subsequent gospel encounter.
If they don't want to know more, but you will encounter them again (at work, at home, school, etc.), then your continuing ministry is prayer and acts of love. Don't be surprised if they soften towards God at some point by accepting the invitation to learn more about God from you or another.
Be other focused. While it is good to share common interests, do so in a limited fashion. Remember, this is about the person you are talking with, not you.
Be sensitive. The FARM Conversation is flexible. The entire conversation can take several minutes, weeks, or even months, depending on the situation. The key is advancing the conversation each time you encounter the person.
You can do this, you will love this, because you are made for this.