The Fourth of July is past, but we’re still in the middle of grilling season. Personally, I love to use the grill and could prepare most meals on it. I’ve made burgers, brats, fish, shrimp, asparagus, pineapple…even baked beans! The grill may be the most versatile cooking device I know how to use (that’s not saying much though, because I’m fairly incompetent with all other cooking tools).

At this point, you may be wondering why I am singing the grill’s praises on the Training Resources Blog. The reason is that there is one use of the grill I haven’t mentioned yet: gathering people. The grill is not only useful for cooking, but also for making disciples.

This summer and fall we are aiming to have regular gatherings at our house with the expressed purpose of bringing people who know and love Jesus together with those who don’t. We want to create a space where our nonbelieving neighbors and friends can rub shoulders with passionate followers of Christ. Something special happens when groups gather to share a meal (especially one that was cooked over a flame). Guards come down and meaningful conversations and relationships can begin.

Here’s my challenge to you: Pick a date and gather your nonbelieving friends with your believing friends around the grill.

Here are the five steps:

  1. Make a list of five nonbelieving friends and five friends who are followers of Christ.
  2. Determine a preferred date.
  3. Invite all the people on the list (via text message, e-mail, phone call, etc.).
  4. Purchase food to grill.
  5. Have fun!

Do you almost feel offended that my list is so simple? There is nothing earth-shattering there. The grill can be one of the easiest to use and most effective disciple making tools you have this summer and fall. So, don’t waste your grill!

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Dustin Speaks is Grace’s Mobilization & College Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, Dustin went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports: basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.