By Mike Urton
The Pew Research Forum projects that the population of Muslims in the U.S. will more than double in the next three decades. Muslims from around the globe are moving into our neighborhoods, working in the same companies and studying alongside us in schools. This is an amazing act of God as he is bringing precious Muslims into our sphere of influence.
In order to be prepared to engage this unprecedented opportunity, Christians in North America need training. That’s why we developed Journey to Jesus: Building Christ-centered Friendships with Muslims.
There are many resources currently on the market which offer training and equipping for reaching Muslims living among us. What makes this particular training tool unique is that it is centered on three true-to-life dramas, each of which demonstrates how Christians can invite Muslims into their relationships with Jesus. Each of the three Muslims depicted represent three types of Muslims Americans may encounter here in North America. The three dramas are:
- Kate and Saalima: mommies who meet at a local park. Saalima is a recent immigrant from Egypt.
- Larry and Azim: men who work for the same tech company and enjoy conversations over lunch. Azim is a liberal Muslim from India.
- Brian and Abdul: fellow students who meet on campus at an American university. Abdul is a conservative Muslim who likes debating apologetics.
These scenarios are accompanied by teaching curriculum in the form of narrated power points. The teaching sessions explore Christian attitudes towards people of other faiths, the importance of extending Christ-centered hospitality, an introduction to Muslim beliefs and culture, as well as how to deal with barriers that Muslims have in trusting Christ as Lord and Savior. Each teaching session also provides questions and significant small group discussion time so that participants can process what they are learning together.
Journey to Jesus is designed for group leaders to have minimal preparation time. Each session has a leader’s guide outlining the flow for that particular week. Printable student handouts are provided for each session. Leading a group through this curriculum is really as simple as reading over the leader’s guide, printing the relevant student handouts, inserting the disc and hitting play on a DVD player.
It is our prayer that this highly accessible and quality resource will encourage many Christians to step out in faith and build Christ-centered relationships with Muslims, so that they too can know the joy of following Christ! Begin your journey today by getting this resource here.
 Besheer Mohamed. 2018. New Estimates show U.S. Muslim population continues to grow. Pew Forum. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/03/new-estimates-show-u-s-muslim-population-continues-to-grow/ (accessed July 9, 2019)
Many thanks to Rev. Mike Urton for doing this guest post. To learn more about this much needed ministry and how you can get involved, please visit COMMA: Reaching Muslims Together.