General tips when sharing

When you have experienced something that has proven useful and effective in your life, and especially if you believe it would benefit others, it is natural to want to share your discovery. This might apply to your study of Christian Science. It could be a Bible passage that inspired you, an insight gained from reading Science and Health, or a healing that gave you relief and comfort. In our enthusiasm to share our experiences with others, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

1. Avoid using jargon

Christian Scientists sometimes use expressions that are unfamiliar to the general public or used without context, such as “I did my work and a house unfolded.” Or, we might launch into a deep dive of metaphysics that might not be readily understood, such as "There is no sensation in matter" or “There is no pain in Truth.” Try using words that are more understandable to the general public. This is good practice for Wednesday night testimony meetings, too!

2. Be concise

In today’s world you may have only a minute or two (or 140 characters if you are on Twitter!) if you'd like to catch someone’s attention. People may ask the question: What interested you in Christian Science? or Are you the people who...? Although you may be tempted to share your life story, consider a shorter, more concise response and ask a follow-up question that may generate more of a give-and-take dialogue. You both will probably learn more about one another!

3. Speak from your own experience

One of the most effective ways to share Christian Science is to speak about what you know—your own healing experience. Don’t feel that you must speak for all Christian Scientists (since you don't know them all)—just share how Christian Science has healed you or touched your life for the better.

Happy sharing!

There are more tips from the Talking with others about health workshop and in a video titled 6 tips.