Football Games and Youth Ministry
I spent Friday evening at the High School’s football game. And while there was a LOT more of an aerial focus (read: the forward pass) than I have seen in High School Football in a long time, the outcome was a disappointing 36 – 0 loss. There were some sparks of hope, but ultimately fumbles and receivers not trying did the team in. They tried, but it just fell apart on them.
But that is not the reason I blog. I blog to share this invaluable resource with you. Friday Night Football in most areas is a hotbed of teenage activity, and also a great chance to meet some of their parents. The environment is neutral (no pressure that the church can sometimes carry with it), everyone there (almost everyone) is there by choice because they are sharing a common interest or because they simply enjoy the action. And sometimes you will even run into other youth pastors and volunteers. This is a prime ministry and networking opportunity, and there are usually only about 5 or so a year.
This time around, I was able to interact with about a half-dozen of out ministry’s students, met and interacted with a few more, conversed with a couple of volunteers, and networked with another local Youth Pastor.
Take advantage of this opportunity. Even if you don’t enjoy football. And take a camera or a video camera with you. You never know when a student in the game or the band will give you a prime edification picture opportunity that you can capture and share with them later.