Any football fans out there? It’s true that the
enthusiasm can be taken too
far…but with the right attitude, I’ve always found Super Bowl
Sunday to be a time for fun and fellowship…and, of course, food. In
the past, I’ve mainly watched for the commercials (
and there’s a lot you can learn from Super Bowl ads!), but this
year is a little different. Since moving to Colorado, I’ve started
pulling for the Denver Broncos. Everywhere I go, I see the phrase
United in orange.” It’s a community; fans bonded together
through a shared allegiance, players, and coaching staff…all
How I wish we could ignite a passionate fire for God in our kids
like that! United for God. Our kids need to know that they can be a
part of God’s team and that there are many different ways they can
contribute. Looking at
1 Peter 4:10-11 and
1 Corinthians 12:4-12 for inspiration, here are five ways kids
can play for God’s team!
Okay, team! Here’s the roster:
Coach - Some people have the gift of leadership.
They have the God-given ability to cast vision, motivate, and
direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God. Kids
who demonstrate this gift of leadership will be good at
communicating and coming up with plans. Let them use their gift by
heading up a service project.
Cheer Squad – Who doesn’t need a support team
from time to time? Some people have the gift of encouragement, the
God-given ability to offer words of comfort and consolation so as
to strengthen or urge to action those who are discouraged or
wavering in their faith. Let kids in your ministry who demonstrate
this gift take part in reaching out to members of your church who
haven’t visited in a while or are having a hard time.
Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
Players – Some kids are doers; you can tell who
they are. As soon as your message is over, they’re ready to get out
into the world and put into action what they just discovered. These
helpers have the God-given ability to accomplish practical and
necessary behind-the-scenes tasks, which frees up, supports, and
meets the needs of others. Invite these kids to help you set up or
clean up after church, and give them specific challenges to meet
during the week.
Recruiters – We need to get people to join the
team, and that’s where the evangelism gift comes in…the God-given
ability to effectively communicate the gospel to nonbelievers so
they respond in faith and move toward discipleship. Challenge kids
who show this kind of gift to start sharing about Jesus everywhere
The Fan in the Stands Praying for the Last-Minute
Score – Okay, maybe a stretch to fit in with my football
theme here, but some kids are, simply put, prayer warriors. These
kids have the gift of intercession, the God-given ability to
consistently pray on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and
specific results. These kids are often eager to pray during lessons
and will often have a clear relationship with God. If you have any
of these kids on your team, consider starting up simple prayer team
and letting them be in charge of jotting down prayer
If you’re looking for a spiritual gifts inventory for your kids,
check this out. And if you’re looking to help your volunteers
and other members of your church discover their spiritual gifts,
the perfect tool for you!
What other parts of a team would you add to this list? Let us know
in the comment section below!