One neat part of my job is meeting up with friends who worked previous summers at COCUSA. It is encouraging to catch up with them and see how God is still working in their life. I also have the chance to challenge and encourage them in their pursuit of Christ.
Here's a random list of questions that I've found useful to kick-start conversations:
- What's new?
- How is life?
- How are you and (insert significant other) doing?
- Is anything new with the relationship? Where is it going?
- What are you reading in your Bible?
- What books are you reading?
- What are you doing to make disciples?
- What is God doing in your life?
- How can I pray for you?
In addition, I've found it helpful to send a message to the person you're meeting with a day or two in advance, asking them if they have any specific topics or questions they want to cover.
Lastly, I would encourage you to be someone who asks genuine questions in an attempt to care for others. Twice last fall I received messages from friends telling me I had been a huge spiritual help and encouragement to them. I think a big part of why they thought that was that I am consistently asking genuine and specific questions of people.
Blessings as you catch-up and encourage friends, both old and new.
(Note: This is a re-post/update from last September.)