Connections: Nick Hall
Relationships Open Doors
Nick Hall is a young speaker/evangelist and founder of PULSE, which facilitates student-led outreaches on college campuses. He spoke during Converge 21, a gathering of Pentecostal leaders at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., earlier this year and led a breakout session. He has also been a speaker at a number of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association “Rock the River” festivals. Hall talked with Scott Harrup, Pentecostal Evangel managing editor.
evangel: What circumstances in your life developed your passion for evangelism?
HALL: From the time I was a kid, God burdened my heart for the lost. My mom led me to a salvation decision during bedtime prayers when I was about 4, and from the second I knew about Jesus and knew there were consequences if people did not accept His one way to God, I was burdened for people who did not know Him.
I can’t take credit for that burden. It was God’s gift. And it continued through high school. In college I absolutely knew this is my life calling. It’s been 11 wonderful years.
As soon as I surrendered, God began opening doors to speak. I went with the Luis Palau team to India while I was in college. I kept traveling with the Luis Palau Association and Billy Graham team during any college break.
I learned a lot of lessons from those experiences, and the Pulse movement was born out of God’s continued expansion of my vision. The word “pulse” had been in my mind for years. It just captures the idea of where people are in life and how they can be reached with the gospel. We want college students to know God is for them and Jesus can transform their lives.
evangel: You’ve partnered with the Assemblies of God’s Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. How do those kinds of partnerships multiply ministry opportunities for Pulse?
HALL: Chi Alpha and Campus Crusade for Christ and Navigators, and so many other groups, are wonderful. We can never have enough groups telling students about Jesus.
When we started Pulse, the heart behind it was to have something that wasn’t so much a new organization but a neutral venue to bring all those other groups together and champion all their heart and compassion. Since the beginning, Chi Alpha has been one of the strongest partners with us.
evangel: Describe the spiritual environment in which you minister.
HALL: It’s such a formidable time, where kids are being molded in every area. Their relationships, their careers — they’re making big life decisions. And they’re open to the things of God.
Seventy percent of college students regularly engage in spiritual discussions with their roommates. The problem is, most of the time Christians aren’t at the table.
evangel: How are you seeing lives changed through your outreaches?
HALL: To give just one example, I think of a young woman in Indiana who tried to kill herself. Her grandmother encouraged her to attend a Winter Jam Christian concert, which I was the speaker for this year. She gave her life to Christ. I didn’t even know about it until two weeks later in Kentucky at another concert.
This young woman walks up to me, beaming, and says, “Nick, you wouldn’t even recognize me two weeks ago.” She had driven three hours to bring four friends to the Kentucky concert so they could hear about Jesus.
evangel: What are the keys to effectively sharing your faith?
HALL: The greatest key is prayer. Prayer is the backbone of evangelism, hands down. We constantly encourage people to pray for the people in their lives who need Jesus, and pray for opportunities to share their faith. So many people come up to me and say they don’t have those opportunities to evangelize. And I always point them back to prayer. I keep prayer cards of people I’m praying for throughout my house.
And the other key is to follow Jesus and have His heart for people. When you relate closely to people, you begin to share who you are with others and how God has changed your life. It doesn’t have to be a program.
For more information on PULSE, visit pulsemovement.com.
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