The “ministry toolbox” is a series of posts designed to equip you with practical resources and tools for putting your faith into practice. Last time, we looked at “faith flags”; this time, we consider “truth prescriptions.” Both of these tools come from the International Saline process that’s designed to help participants share their faith in real-life, clinical settings.
Simply put, a truth prescription is a written or verbal recommendation you make to a patient suggesting that they do, read or watch something that will help them take a next step in their relationship with Christ. It takes an idea, which can seem abstract, and makes it concrete. It also allows you to help the patient continue making progress in-between visits, or, when you know you’re unlikely to see them again. Here are some examples:
- a verse or portion of Scripture
- memorize a particular Scripture
- establish or make changes to times with God (i.e., a ‘quiet time’)
- a book or pamphlet
- patient education
- a videotape series
- a special on TV
- a video on YouTube or website such as CMDA
Because truth prescriptions challenge patients to do something, they’re usually for those with whom you have some sort of relationship. At the same time, God may surprise us with an idea for a truth prescription as we maintain a prayerful attitude while we interact with others. Several months ago, I unexpectedly discovered someone was not a Christian as we spoke, and God prompted me to give him my copy of Reason for God since he had serious intellectual questions about Christian belief.
While ideas sometimes spontaneously come to mind, it’s also good to have at least a ‘short list’ of trusted resources in mind so that we’re ready for situations we’re likely to encounter. What situations do you tend to face in your everyday interactions, and what resources would you recommend?