Uber evangelism

Scott Ridout

Converge President

Point Magazine // January 2020

In recent months I have found myself constantly in planes, trains and automobiles. I love my job, but it requires my presence in many different places all the time. Travel disrupts the rhythms in many people’s lives. But it is such a constant in my routine that I have learned to embrace this new normal and look for ways to take advantage of it.

My favorite new discipline is Uber. I know Uber doesn’t sound like a discipline, so let me explain. I am deeply committed to our 10-year vision to see Each One Reach One. I am consistently praying every person in our movement will have the privilege of leading someone to Christ in this season.

Personally, I am making every effort in my neighborhood, but I also have found it very easy to strike up conversations with Uber drivers. Uber even makes it easy. Did you know that just like you rate the drivers, they rate you on your interactions with them? They do! Uber encourages you to have conversations. So why not talk about Jesus?

As he did his best to win me over to his view of God, I thought, Oh, I wish I knew more Christians as convinced, passionate, knowledgeable and intentional in sharing their faith as Fitah.

In my experiences over the past few weeks, I have met many drivers from around the world — Mauritania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Colombia, Palestine, Brazil and Honduras, to name a few. Fitah came from Somalia 13 years ago as a teenager. Now in his late 20s, he is close to finishing up his college degree in engineering.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that Fitah is a man of great faith. I was deeply impressed that on our 30-minute commute, we went back and forth sharing verses and talking about our worship and evangelism experiences. Fitah is bright, smart, winsome ... and Muslim. As he did his best to win me over to his view of God, I thought, Oh, I wish I knew more Christians as convinced, passionate, knowledgeable and intentional in sharing their faith as Fitah.

Friends, we are not the only ones doing evangelism. Other people of faith, such as Fitah, are just as convinced as we are. But they lack one thing: the true gospel.

Let’s be intentional in sharing the gospel so that more people can meet, know and follow Jesus.


Scott Ridout, Converge President

Scott Ridout is the president of Converge. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Columbia International University, he and his wife Lisa led Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, from 1998 to 2014. Sun Valley has grown from 375 to roughly 5000 attendees on three campuses under his leadership. Previously, Scott served six years as a Converge overseer, including two years as chairman. He is also a church leadership mentor and will continue his coaching during his presidency.

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