One of the things that I love to be able to do is coach athletes. I love being involved with the teaching and training of individuals that are seeking to get better at the sport that they are involved in. There are so many things that are involved with making sure that an athlete is prepared to get in the game. There is the physical training an athlete must be conditioned to be able to sustain the activity in competition. There is the knowledge of the competition for instance wrestling you need to know as many different moves as possible in any given situation. Football athletes need to know what the opposing team is going to do either on offense or defense through film and through playing against a scout team. A coach needs to make sure that he takes care of his team in both of these areas.
As leaders in the church we are to be the coach of the teams that God has entrusted to us. So why is it that we sometimes do such a better job when it comes to getting people ready to play a sport then when it comes to getting into the game of life as a believer in Jesus Christ.
“Care for the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God”. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT)
So for the leaders of church teams there are a couple of things we should always keep in mind. Our main goal is to prepare the team to be ready to get in the game. It is the goal of parents, small group leaders, class teachers, and the staff of the church to work together to prepare the team for the game. We are to be the ones that coach with a willing heart for the benefit of the team not for our benefit. So the question that I have is; “What are you doing to prepare your team to do to get in the game?” How are you as the coach ensuring that your team is ready for the game?