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How to Get Parents on Your Team – Part 1

All this discussion about football & the National Anthem, I thought I’d find some comparisons to football and youth ministry.  It’s very common for a rookie in football to make…well, rookie mistakes.  A poorly thrown interception, a missed assignment, or a blown play.  The classic rookie mistake for a youth pastor is to neglect the parents.  Some young or inexperienced youth pastors might even go as far as to see parents as a hindrance or an enemy to their progress in ministry.  Not so!

My ministry philosophy is based on Deuteronomy 6:5-7.  The youth pastor needs to be the assistant coach to the head coach, the parents.  “The responsibility for raising spiritual champions, according to the Bible, belongs to the parents…the responsibility is squarely laid at the feet of the family.  This is not a job for specialists.  It is a job for parents.”  (George Barna, Revolutionary Parenting).

The goal of the youth pastor and his ministry team is to be an assistant coach to the head coaches, the parents.  It is the parents’ responsibility to raise the children, and the youth ministry should assist with that goal in various ways.  This assistance occurs through the teaching of God’s Word, spiritual counsel and encouragement, and prayer.

Alongside those essential spiritual actions, there are practical aspects that need to be brought to the table.  A good assistance coach will help in-game planning, go to the coach when they see a player struggling or injured, and help inform the coach where they lack the knowledge.  Youth ministry is no different.  The youth ministry team should help the parents game plan.  In other words, they should help them develop the spiritual goals for their child and allow the programs and teachings to aid in reaching those goals.  Also, it is imperative for the youth ministry to go to the parents when a student is struggling spiritually.  There will be times when behavior is inappropriate, words throw up red flags, or things are said in small groups where the parents need to be made aware.  Then, the youth pastor can aid in the recovery process.  Lastly, there needs to be parent meetings that include youth culture updates, upcoming event information, discussion/advice from other parents and other essential communication that will act as support in the parenting process.  After all, it is the responsibility of the coach for the team’s behavior, but the assistant coach has a vested interest in the outcome of the game.

You want to get parents on your team?  Make sure you are on their team first.

Stay tuned for next week – a practical way to get parents on your team that will only take about 30 minutes of your time.

 

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The Promise of God in Threatening Pain

Athletics can be difficult.  Recovering from a defeat, when you gave up the winning score.  Trying to move on after being cut from the team, when all your hard work seemingly has gone down the drain.  Or to see your season go up in smoke, just because of a simple twist or turn the wrong way, and your injury takes you out for the year.  But what does God promise during these times?  Let’s turn to a National Football Player who suffered one of these fates, and allow him to teach you through God’s Word and promises.

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http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-promise-of-god-in-threatening-pain

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5th Quarter Video Ideas

It’s 5th Quarter season again.  Many of you are gearing up for that 5th Quarter Party, and hoping for a great turnout from the big game.  If you need some help planning, check out this blog post and this one too.  Maybe your speaker cancelled on you, you need a back-up speaker plan, or you simply wanted to show a video this year.  Here are some video ideas that may work:

 

Other Ideas: 

Feel free to comment and leave video ideas that you have used in the past.  Let’s help each other make these 5th Quarter parties a success…which means seeing students meet their Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

 

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Loving Others – Illustration

This is something special.  A team that has basically adopted a young boy with cancer onto their football team, gave the little boy an experience he will never forget.  They loved a little guy who has had a tough go.

So why can’t the church do this?  I’m not talking about filling a stadium…I’m talking about helping others that are down, hurt, suffering…and give them a special experience.  That experience is better than running into the endzone…it is the freedom in the gospel.  Just like this video, it too will give you goosebumps when you see God save someone.

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God Deserves a Super Bowl

I’m not trying to guilt trip those that love football.  Because I love football.  I’m not trying to say it is sinful to watch the Super Bowl.  Because I will watch the game (although I’ll be skipping halftime, sorry Beyonce).

Here’s the deal.  Take a look at this graphic.  71 million pounds of avocado!  I mean, come on.   111 million people watch this game.  You may find this glib, or over-spiritualized, or just plain over-reacting.  But the question that comes to my mind is this…Doesn’t God deserve this kind of attention?  For some, it may be even deeper, doesn’t God deserve this kind of worship?  He does.  This Sunday, enjoy the game.  But don’t forget to enjoy your Heavenly Father 111 million times more!

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The Real McCoy

Colt McCoy gives his testimony of one of the hardest days in his football career and possibly his life…In tough times, God has a purpose.  Encourage you to apply this to whatever you might be going through right now.

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