Simple questions result in eye-opening impact.

My friend who claims to be an atheist still emails me even though I haven’t seen her since we moved out of the area two and a half years ago. In our emails, we catch up a bit but often also write about spiritual questions. Just recently I asked her if she still considers herself an atheist. She responded that she did, giving me some of the reasons.

Then I asked her, “What would you want God to do to validate his existence and bring you to belief?”

Her response: “I love your question about what it would take for me to believe in God! It has been consuming my thoughts lately, and it has some sparked interesting conversations with those I dare to bring it up with. Here’s what I have so far…” and then she went on to describe what she believes.

Wow! That’s what I love about asking questions. Seeing my friend open up and become engaged in the question that I had asked is so much better than what would have happened if I had told her why I believe God exists.

I believe in the value of asking questions in order to facilitate discovery because I have seen that it works! Here’s more proof from another friend of mine:

I am actually a product of the Q Place discovery method. When I wanted to learn about the Bible and the principles of Christianity, I joined a Bible study group. It was called Foundations for Faith. I DID bring in my questions and my concerns—many of them. The group never criticized me or judged me for my questions. They also didn’t answer my questions. They allowed me, through the Bible study, to resolve my issues. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the end of that study. I will be forever grateful for the approach of allowing me to dig into the Bible myself and find out what it has to say—what God has to say—what Jesus has to say. I have stayed in Bible study every year since then and have found the richness of continuing to learn and the richness of helping others to discover for themselves.

What do you think would have happened if the members of that Bible study had piled on answers when my friend was still wrestling and trying to figure things out for herself?

I am so grateful for a way to help people think through what they believe. I am also so encouraged to see the whole process—starting when people aren’t sure about God, when someone they trust engages them with simple, open-ended questions… and then exploring the Bible in a place that’s safe for questions…and then coming to know Jesus and discovering His Word in a whole new way…and then engaging other people with questions and helping them make discoveries!

The impact is powerful. It’s a way of making disciples who make disciples!

Fran Goodrich
Q Place SW Regional Catalyst

This article has 3 comments

  1. Barry Passmore

    I am thankful for discovering Q Place and resources I’ve obtained on line etc.
    In the near future I hope to take the 1st step by inviting some ‘explorers’ as Geo Barna would call them.

    I admit to having reservations about the ‘self-discovery’ method; however, it is easy to see the attractiveness of the approach. I realize it is actually a guided self discovery. I’ve been trying to appreciate if and how an Apostle Peter or Paul might buy into this, not to mention our Lord himself.

    I cannot argue with success, of which you have enjoyed much for the Kingdom.
    Thank you for this opportunity to write and I remain open to the Spirit’s direction throughout the continuing process. God bless~


    • Pam Klein


      We are glad you’ve discovered us, too! Q Place looks forward to walking alongside you as you invite your explorers. I like Barna’s term! And yes, guided self-discovery is a great way to frame the Q Place approach, absolutely modeled after how the Lord Himself lived. Please reach out to us at any time for help as you go and love.

      ~pamela klein

    • Jeffrey Klein


      Thanks for reading our blog and for your comments. In terms of the apostles, Paul ran the first Q Place on Mars Hill in Athens in Acts 17 and then ran another in a rented hall in the city of Ephesus recorded in Acts 19.

      In terms of Peter, he walked with Jesus who asked intriguing questions everyday to his disciples or others often in reply to their statements or questions.

      We have staff available to answer your questions and work with you. I would suggest reaching out to our National Field Support Leader, Jan Teat. She has been with our ministry for over 20 years and has started and led many Q Places.

      Her email is

      My name is Jeff Klein. I am the National Church Partnership Director for Q Place. Our goal is to partner with churches to mobilize more Christians into meaningful conversations about God with people who believe differently.

      I hope you get on the journey.