Are you looking for a better way to connect with those you minister to? Consider asking one of these five questions. They can prompt deeper, more meaningful discussions.
What was the best/worst thing that happened to you this week?
This question is specific and designed to show your interest in someone’s daily life. There are multiple variations of it depending on the circumstances. You can ask someone if anything exciting happened to them, how hard their week was on a scale of 1-10, or how a certain activity went that week.
Is there anything I can pray for on your behalf?
For this question to be powerful, it needs to be tender and genuine. Truly pray for someone if they ask you to. If appropriate, follow up with them on the situation they asked you to pray about.
What’s been on your mind lately?
We think about a lot that we don’t share with others. This question can help others share some of those thoughts. Another way you could phrase it is, “Has there been anything you’ve been pondering about?”
Did you accomplish what you wanted to this week?
Life is often routine. Asking for exciting news or updates, as in question one, can sometimes lead to a dead end. This question allows people to talk about the normal things of daily living while opening the door to possible struggles or achievements.
Any goals I can follow up with you on?
Help those you minister to improve their lives by helping them be accountable to goals. Be diligent in following up with them and even offer to help them meet a specific goal. For example, if they have a goal to read their scriptures more, you can share something from your scripture study in a text or message that you appreciated. Or you could study together once a week.
Do you have any questions you’d add to this list?