I took out a potential summer intern out for lunch today and he asked a great question – it was great for a couple of reasons, 1) because it was about my blog (which he reads regularly – Hi Kyle, if you’re reading), and 2) because it shows he’s digging into what youth ministry really means.
So what does the name “More Than Dodgeball” mean?
More Than Dodgeball is simply a way of expressing our heart’s desire to see youth ministry as more than entertainment, glorified babysitting or church “lite.”More Than Dodgeball reminds me daily of my calling to serve God by serving students – reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, connected in a small group with a caring adult, growing in their faith on their own and serving God in the church and with their lives.
I love dodgeball, we even played a version of it a few weeks ago, but I see it as a symbol of student ministry past where purposeless activity and busyness was the measure of success. Student ministry should be judged about changed lives and hearts being drawn closer to Jesus Christ, which is what we want to be all about.
More. Than. Dodgeball.