So I asked them what church they were from but they said they didn’t go to a church. The lead singer told me he thought the message about Jesus was powerful, but he didn’t know much about it.
I jumped to this exciting opportunity and suggested we could start a Bible study together. They invited me to their rehearsal space. It was this tiny smelly room, with no windows, which always seemed to be packed with their friends watching the rehearsal. After practise the lead singer handed me the mic and asked me to “preach!” I didn't expect this, so I hadn’t prepared. I just started talking about what it meant to follow Jesus. When I finished he told me it was good and asked if I could come again the following week.
Soon we moved our Bible study to a local bar to have more space. Each week there were 10 to 15 of us sitting around the bar tables reading and discussing the Gospel. It was amazing to read through the life of Jesus with these guys, some of whom had never read these stories before. Soon many of them got baptised and a couple years later they even ended up at our mission training centre in Germany! (The Steiger Mission School - www.steiger.org/sms)
Right from day one they were sharing their faith from the stage every weekend with their band and inviting their friends to our Bible study in the bar, which consequently was always full. After the mission training course a few of them decided to start a community house, so my wife and I moved in with them. The house was always packed. We had events once a month, inviting bands, artists, and friends, most of whom had never been to a church. A lot of people got to know Jesus this way.
The reason for all this was that these guys were scene guys. They knew everyone. When they decided to follow Jesus they didn’t leave their friends behind, they didn’t stop being part of the scene, they just became salt and light where Jesus placed them. They used the influence they had from stage to speak truth and they showed what it meant to follow Jesus in their relationships. They were missionaries from day one. Musicianaries have to be part of the scene.
Sometimes we try to come up with cool strategies to reach people, but we don’t take the time to get to know them. Jesus knew the scene. Jesus knows the scene. He spent all his time meeting people, having meals with them, listening to them, caring for and healing them. Jesus’ parables were in tune with the storytelling culture of the time, and communicated truth in a relevant way. It wasn’t a strategy, it was just a natural result of spending time with people and knowing the culture.