Every Friday night around the United States communities are gathering to cheer on their local high school football teams. These Friday nights are great opportunities for pastors and churches to engage and serve their community and school. There are a variety of ways pastors and churches can engage their mission field at high school football games.
- Be present. This is especially true for pastors. Pastors need to be present at some of these games so that your flock and those in the community see you as an active part of the community. This is a great way to meet many in the community that you won’t meet sitting in your office or hosting a trunk or treat.
- Find a way to serve. Contact the Athletic Director of the high school and volunteer to sell tickets or take tickets at the gate. Get a team together to clean up trash from the stands after the game. Sponsor a tailgate where you bring the grills and meat and drinks and chips and serve the students for free. Help the Athletic Boosters sell their wares. Get a team together to work the concession stand. The concession stand is often worked by parents of players or band parents. What a gift to relive them so they can watch their kids.
- Sponsor an ad in the football program to support the school.
- Work with the concession stand to sponsor a free drink night and put your church labels on the cups as a practical way to share God’s love and be sure they announce over the loud speaker that the free drink night is being sponsored by your church.
- Consider offering a 5th quarter Party at your church or better yet at the high school gym or community center where kids can come for positive interactions like playing basketball or hanging out.
By investing and serving the community in this way you will be making Jesus famous.
What are some other ways that a church might serve their community in this context?