Relevance and Punch.
1. What are your friends’ roadblocks to faith?
What if everyone in your CU asked one non-Christian friend…
What stops you believing?
If you could have one question answered in a Lunchbar, what would it be?
Gather a wonderful collection of very relevant Lunchbar issues, and then you’ll need to choose which will work in a Lunchbar, and how to phrase the question.
2. What issues work in a Lunchbar?
Ever seen a miniature pencil portrait advertising a West End show in the London Underground? Me neither. Advertisers know that subtlety and sensitivity are wasted on us as we rush past. Underground Posters need to be vivid, attention-grabbing and communicate a short and memorable message, as do Lunchbar talks. Given this, we really can’t choose issues that require too much time, nuance and awareness of the personal stories of our audience.
Could you create a poster that communicates, for example, the Biblical view on homosexuality in a way that secular students would nod and embrace it? I doubt it, and it’s not a lot easier with a Lunchbar talk. Some issues are better approached in different forums.
Lunchbar Speakers are also like bomb disposal experts. There are some bombs you can disarm quickly, and others that are much more fiddly, requiring hours not minutes. It’s also true for Lunchbar issues.
What if you could run your list of titles past your UCCF Staffworker or an experienced Lunchbar speaker, and got their opinion?
3. How to phrase the question
“One way to God”: how can Christians be so arrogant?
How to get to heaven in a world of many religions
What does Jesus think about other faiths?
Don’t all paths lead to God?
How would you decide which is the best Lunchbar title?
1. Which event would you be most happy telling your non-CU friends about?
2. Ask your friends which most accurately articulates their thoughts and feelings on the issue.
3. Which will jump off the page of an A6 flyer? Print some and see…
4. Which has the least predictable answer? Being predictable is bad (predictably).
Here are some Lunchbar Titles
Where is God when life sucks?
Hasn’t Science Buried God?
What’s wrong with living for pleasure?
Doesn’t Jesus spoil your freedom?
Does God Hate Sex?
Is atheism irrational?