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Setting OTHERS Up For Success

I love to watch coaches.  When most people watch sports they watch the athletes to see how they perform and that is true of me too.  However, as a student of sports there are many times when I find myself watching the coaches.  The fact of the matter is that teams take on the personality of their coaches.  One of the main reasons that I don’t like the 49ers is because I don’t like Jim Harbaugh and you can see him reflected in the attitude of his players.  Jim is known to fly off the handle and you end up seeing displays like this one.

Teams reflect their coach.  This can either scare the crap out of you or inspire you!  People are watching you and the people you are leading right now will pick up traits from you, for better or for worse.

See the role of a coach is to set other people up for success.  If you are a football coach, you do everything in your power to build a solid game-plan and set your team up to chalk up another W.  Ultimately if you can prepare your team enough this leads to trophies, better, pay, etc. There was a time when every coach was the player and they decided the outcome of the game but now it all comes down to how well the team executes.

Our role in student ministry is very much the same.  Student ministries will reflect the personality of their leader.  The tension we face as student leaders is that our “playing days” are over, so to speak.  I will assume that if you are a pastor or leader then you are saved.  With that said, your job now is to lead a student to the point of accepting Christ and praying that that student makes Christ Lord of their life.  You can script out the perfect “game-plan” but it is up to our students to execute it.

As I was reading my Bible today, I saw this play out at the end of King David’s life.

So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work. – 1 Chronicles 28:10 (NLT)

Then King David turned to the entire assembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals—it is for the Lord God himself!  Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. – 1 Chronicles 29:1-2 (NLT)

See David wanted desperately to build the temple but God wouldn’t let him.  David could have taken one of two roads here.  David could have sat around and moped for the rest of his days but rather he decided to set Solomon up for success.  King David realized all that it would take to complete the temple and he set up the best possible “game-plan” to help Solomon succeed as the new King.  David’s “playing days” were over but he saw the potential in Solomon and did all he could do to help him win.  David recognized Solomon’s faults and helped transition him into prominence as Israel’s new king.

We need to take action to set those around us up to succeed.  Who are you investing in and who are you setting up resources for?  Everyone reading this post (parents, students, youth pastors, etc.) has the opportunity and ability to coach someone up so what are you doing to invest in the future?



INFOGRAPHIC: Maximizing Millennials

A few weeks back I was sent an INFOGRAPHIC about the millennial generation in the work place from a person involved in the study at UNC.  At first I wasn’t quite sure if I thought the information pertained to our blog here at OneBeatBlog but the fact is, you are working with the millennial generation and if you are a younger youth pastor like myself, then you are a millennial.  It’s important to understand our students and what drives them.  With that said, here is an INFOGRAPHIC from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School on the millennial generation in the work world:

This INFOGRAPHIC is the property and creation of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. For more information check them out here:


Duck Dynasty

My wife and I get addicted to television shows.  We don’t watch much TV when it’s on, we pretty much just watch shows on Netflix and if we happen to catch something as we’re flipping through the channels.  So right now the shows that Alicia and I are keeping up with are Bones and LOST (yes I know we’re a little behind the times but there have all 6 seasons on Netflix!).  However, one night I came home from a meeting at church and found my wife crafting and watching a show that included men decked out in camouflage and talking in deep southern accents.

My immediate questions to my wife was, “What are you watching?”, because for a girl who loves the Food Network and shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” and “What Not to Wear” this show was a little out of her realm.  I wrote the show off and didn’t really give it a second thought, until we caught a marathon on A&E.  We started watching this show that featured a family in Louisiana who turned making duck calls into a million dollar industry.  Just in case you have never seen this show, I want to give you a little sample I wanted to post a clip from the show:

Now I could easily say that I watch this show as research.  I use a lot of television analogies when I speak, in an effort to relate to our students.  Some people may not totally understand this philosophy, but if there is anything that I can do (within reason) to help a message hit home, I will do it.  However, to say that I watch this for research would be more lying than truth.  See I watch this show because it is funny.  I also watch this show because it has amazing family values.

The idea behind this show is to follow a family who works together.  If you have ever been around a family owned and operated business, then you know that it has various complications.  When someone does something wrong you can’t simply fire them because they are related to you.  On this show, when an order doesn’t get made in time it is a brother, uncle, or another family member who is the person to blame.  Confrontation is hard, but family confrontation is that much harder.

The thing that made me fall in love with this show was not the confrontation or the silliness of watching 4 grown men try to catch frogs at night, but the way they end each show.  As much confrontation as each episode brings, this family is closer than most.  At the end of most episodes you see the family (Grandparents to grandchildren) eating a meal together and praying together at the table.  Honestly, I pray that there would be more families like the Robertson clan of Duck Dynasty.

I want not just to build good kids but to build godly kids and godly families.  As the saying goes, “A family who prays together, stays together.”  I would encourage you to watch Duck Dynasty with your family because it is one quality family program.  I also pray that God raises up more families like this one that both struggles and prays together.


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