Kevin Dedmon’s Treasure Hunt Evangelism


Hello everyone,

A few months ago, I shared a testimony that included God instantly healing a woman of arthritis in her knees at a Meijer store.  If you want to read it, go to “Treasure Hunt Evangelism…”  The book that inspired us to take this little trip is The Ultimate Treasure Hunt by Kevin Dedmon.

I received a comment on that post that I felt could use a more detailed answer. An anonymous writer asked:

I’ve recently been reading this book but still don’t understand how this process works. We are supposed to pray for a few minutes for the Spirit to give us these words of knowledge as a group? or individually? Can you tell what is usually done before you go out?

I thought it would be beneficial to my readers to give a little more insight than just what happens before a Treasure Hunt, so here is the process as we run it in our youth group.

Before going out on a Treasure Hunt, I will often show my group some vidoe footage of other people sharing the Gospel on the streets. If you do a little digging for them, you can find a lot of these on YouTube (for instance, try searching for “street healings”). There are a good number of free videos of Christians walking up to strangers, praying for them in the name of Jesus, and seeing supernatural results. Admittedly, some are lame, and some are frauds, so do a little homework and get the good stuff.

I share these videos because I find that many Christians have never experienced anything like this. “Street healings” are totally off their grid. So by showing them video of other people doing it, it breaks down some of the walls.

I also sometimes read one of the testimonies from Kevin’s book because it specifically illustrates the Word of Knowledge leading to the person (you could even read the testimony of the treasure hunt I took our teens on.).

Both these things help people better comprehend what to expect and what is possible, thus building their faith for the “impossible.”

Next, I hand out a list of five categories that are in the Appendix of Kevin’s book (places, a person’s appearance, names, things someone might need prayer for, and “the unusual”). Each person receives a blank worksheet and a pen. I then explain that we’re going to ask the Holy Spirit to give us clues about who Jesus wants to target today and that we’ll spend the next ten minutes writing down whatever comes to mind as we wait in His presence.

Depending on the group, I sometimes insert a little, 5-minute teaching here about the simplicity of receiving “visions”–like pictures popping into your head. I might also be specific about how it may just be a passing thought, an impression, a physical sensation, or just a word. Then I put on some music, pray a 20-second prayer for the group (inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to us), and let people write.  As each person writes, he or she places each thought under one of the five categories on the paper.

I don’t time things exactly because it is usually obvious when people are wrapping up. When it seems that things have gone long enough (usually 5-10 minutes), I give a one-minute warning and close.

I then walk through the list of categories and have everyone share everything they wrote down under each category. For instance, everyone shares what they wrote under “places.” Then everyone shares what they wrote under “names.”

Not everyone has to have something in each category, so I don’t push it. But as people share, I find that it helps them take ownership of their list. People are sometimes nervous to share because they don’t want to be wrong, so you may want to share your own answers first.

In a large group, we divide teams up based on what general locations or coinciding clues they heard from the Holy Spirit. In a small group, we see if combining the different thoughts seem to point to one location over another. This takes continued sensitivity to the Spirit because some connections may be a little obscure.

We don’t combine the lists into one because that tends to result in the stronger personalities taking all the opportunities. On the other hand, if people keep their own lists, they seem more apt to all step out in action. The soft-spoken suddenly become bold and focused. However, I’ll often jot down a “master list” for myself so that I can spur people on… “Hey, didn’t someone write down ‘brown vest’? Who has ‘brown vest’? Go for it!”

Together as a group, we head out to the public, each of us armed with our individual lists. I encourage everyone to be on high-alert, looking for clues from their own lists. (Kevin Dedmon describes a good way to fold the paper in his book. I won’t go into that here, but the point is that you should be able to see all your “clues” at a glance without having to unfold the paper.)

When we spot someone, we’ll send the person who had the clue, plus someone else. If the “target” is a male, I’ll always make sure to send at least one guy. If the person is female, I try to send two females–even when this makes a group of three with one male.

I make it a point not to send more than three people because this can become overwhelming for the person. The rest of our group will then walk to another area so we’re not looming and staring. In fact, I encourage them to keep looking for more clues.

There are a lot of other specific things to think about–like when to end, what to do when it seems like nothing is working, how to approach people, how to pray for people, and so forth. Kevin Dedmon does a great job explaining all this in his book. Again, if any of my other readers want to check it out, grab a copy of The Ultimate Treasure Hunt by Kevin Dedmon.

Also, forgive me for my shameless advertising, but I want to remind everyone about my first book that will be coming out in April. The title is The Word of Knowledge in Action: A Practical Guide for the Supernatural Church. This will give you further insight about this gift of the Spirit.

God bless!

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9 Responses to “Kevin Dedmon’s Treasure Hunt Evangelism”

  1. JonathanSeptember 30, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks for this post. I’m going to do a Treasure Hunt for the first time with a group of friends and this is a good reminder of what I read of the book probably a year go. I’ll be looking forward to your book as getting Words of Knowledge is one area I want to grow in. April is a long time away 🙂 haha…Cheers!

  2. AnonymousJanuary 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Do you know Dedmon’s techniques are really Psychic Questing? Buddhist and Occultist have this for thousands of years. And now the church has embraced them. Check it out yourself. Don’t be so open minded that your brain fall out.

    • ArtJanuary 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      Hi “Anonymous,”

      The gifts of the spirit are not about being open-minded. I care very much about sound doctrine and what is true.

      Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit.” So what is the “fruit” of this ministry? People are healed, set free from evil spirits, and forgiven as they give themselves to Christ.

      The technique is simply this: There are billions of people on this planet who need to know about Jesus, but clearly, He knows better than any of us whose heart is ready to receive. So we ask Him: “Lord, please lead us to someone who You specifically want to target today.” And then He does.

      I have a hard time believing it’s the work of demons, guiding us to people to pray for them and lead them to Christ. As Jesus said, “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.”

      Remember that there are many cases of these same so-called “techniques” appearing throughout the Bible — especially the New Testament. These are cases where Jesus or His disciples went places or did things based on visions or impressions. One of the best examples is the disciple named Ananias who was led by the Lord in a vision to a specific place to meet a specific man with a specific condition.

      Have you read Dedmon’s book? I wonder which of us is jumping to conclusions?

      Just a thought.

      God bless!

  3. AnonymousMay 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I am a new christian, (24 dec 2010), and after being away from the city i live in for christmas/new year etc, Id returned, and knew I needed to find a church as a christian. I had some pretty specific ideas about what would be the perfect church for me. I prayed to God to help me find that church, and also did a lot of googling (I work in IT and not to brag but I can find pretty much anything via google, etc). Anyway I found only a couple of churches that were ‘maybe’s , both of which were not that close to where I was living, and both of which, while meeting most of my requirements, also had aspect about them that I was not comfortable with. I fully intended to go to one or the other anyway, but lost the nerve when the time came.

    Again I prayed, asking god to help me find the right church can to make it clear to me when he was showing me the right church, and also to help me and make sure I actually GOT there (ie went in and stayed for a service).

    The following friday evening, I was in the city, moving the remainder of my belongings out of my apartment as I was moving out of the city. I had arranged to meet some friends for a few drinks, and was as usual running lateish, and thinking I should go soon, when all of a sudden I had the thought, ok Im just going to go and meet up with everyone now, not procrastinate like normal for another hr or two. So got up rather suddenly for me and headed off walking to the bar my friends were at.

    I got about 100m or so, when I was approached by a couple of people who said they had been looking for someone with pigtails who was older (they then quickly said by older they meant adult, not like 9 or 10 with pigtails. I dont usually wear pigtails but had decided to that evening. I thought they were going to ask me to go to some pub with them for one of those competitions where they send out groups of ppl with a list of random things to find and bring back to the pub, and with this in mind was thinking whether I should say no as i was already late to meet my friends (though not as late as usual), or say yes in case the competition they were in meant free drinks for me, (then text friends and get them to join us) when the female said ‘we are christians and explained the whole treasure hunting thing to me’ Though to be honest after the first sentance or so I was like OMG…. Id had some ‘signs’ that god was real, before this, but I guess I just kinda knew that this was god specifically answering my prayer. and I also knew I needed to take advantage of this.

    So I said funny that Ive just become a Christian and looking for a church, so we swapped numbers, I went to their church that Sunday, and have been going ever since. and it is the perfect church for me, in philosophy, people, way of living etc etc. Ive heard a number of stories since then, where they have treasure hunted and came up with ‘clues’ which were uncanny. Also a person in the church broke a bone, had it xrayed and was broken, then the sunday after that had it prayed for, then the following week went back for a follow up and had a 2nd xray where the specialist was baffled as the broken bone was no longer broken. Thats the kinda thing that even a non Christian has gotta ask, how does a bone that is proven broken, become not broken (they dont heal that fast and even if they did Im pretty sure there is still evidence on xrays of old breaks) a week later???

  4. Phil WilliamsJune 9, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I am very worried about this. It sounds like ‘cold-reading’ to me. I honestly don’t see any warrant for it in the New Testament as what appear to be ‘words of knowledge’ in the way you describe them were certainly not ‘treasure-hunt’ style shots in the dark. I really have a problem with what you’re describing here.

    • ArtJune 9, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      Hi Phil,

      I completely understand your concern. Do notice, though, that the Apostle Paul led an entire missionary journey to Macedonia simply because he had a dream in which he saw a Macedonian man. Likewise, Ananias visited Paul to heal his blindness and facilitate his conversion — and it was all because he had a vision of where to go and what to expect. As it turns out, there actually is some New Testament precedent — it just has a different name and looks a little different because it is now being structured rather than apparently random.

      If you’re going to base things purely on New Testament precedent, consider this: The New Testament doesn’t say anything about handing out literature or Gospel tracts…that sounds a lot like what the Hare Krishnas and Jehovah’s Witnesses do. Should we abandon these practices because of how similar they are to cults and false religions?

      The devil doesn’t come up with anything new — he only perverts what God has created. The gifts of the Spirit are not New Age powers. Rather, New Age powers are cheap counterfeits of the supernatural abilities that God designed for the Church to use in reaching the lost and transforming culture.

      I find it interesting that so many people have problems with the Treasure Hunt method given the statistical results of people being saved, healed, and set free on a regular basis in the name of Jesus. It doesn’t bother me — I just find it interesting.

      I’m open for discussion on this, so feel free to raise more questions.

      God bless!

  5. DavidAugust 16, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    See this web page for a report on a meeting with Kevin Dedmon:

    The man appears to be a fraud and I don’t think anything he says should be taken seriously.

  6. AnonymousAugust 31, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    The real question would be what is the purpose behind such actions? Theologically speaking anything that glorifies the lord is theologically correct. If my gifts or actions compels men to repentance then I must be doing something right. If what I am doing does not contradict biblical philosophy and lifts up the name of Christ than my witness must be spirit led. I challenge any of you who question this theory to show me why based on scriptural evidence. The author has given us at least three scriptural evidence that complies with this theory. Show me yours. Pleases do not take this the wrong way. I am not arguing the scriptures. Neither am I mad at you for stating your opinion. But when I see a fellow brother in Christ ridiculed and accused of operating in demonic powers without any scriptural evidence to back it up it bothers me. It bothers me a lot. Instead of focusing on negativity try focusing on how many people will not be in hell tomorrow because of these blessed teenagers witness of Christ. If the angles are rejoicing why can’t you?

  7. Carolyn TruscottOctober 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    My experiences with Treasure Hunts for the last 10 years has been that they are a real and true way to street minister to those who need a touch from God, and who doesn’t? Our experiences have led us to bars, hotels, malls, Wal-Mart, and coffee shops. NOT ONCE did we doubt that this was a God-driven, Holy Spirit led outreach. People are touched differently by different means and not all of these means are used in church. People respond to God’s call of love when other people are sent out in His name. Simple. Effective. Evangelism. Out of the box.

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