YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Manager (sport-related talk)

(a mini talk for age 10 upwards for those interested in soccer)

“Who was the first player ever to win the World Cup trophy on two different occasions .... the first as a player, the second as a manager?
                                   Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer has become known and respected as one of the finest soccer brains in the world. He’s know all over the world, and highly respected.

One of the great managers in Britain today is a certain Scotsman. Anyone know who that might be?
Alex Ferguson.

His teams over the past 6-7 years have dominated the English game. His teams have set the standard that all the other teams and managers hope to emulate.

One of the questions I ask myself is, “Why is it that Beckenbauer and Ferguson have become such good
managers? Why have they become so successful?”

Possible answers:
they are passionate about football
they are good motivators of players
they are working with the best players
they know the game ‘inside and out’

I think a big part of their success is down to respect. The players that play for them really respect them. Why.  I want to pick up on three different factors:

1. They knew the lifestyle and dedication !!!
They knew what it was like to be a player. They weren’t managers who hadn’t played the game, but they knew what it was like to be in a players shoes...
to train through the cold winter months
to sacrifice good times with friends to be in bed early
to suffer through injuries or being left out of the team
to endure bad calls or decisions by referee’s and teammates
to experience the thrill of seeing the winning goal go in
to lift the trophy under the accolades of fans singing...
Both managers were players, sharing the joys and trials of the life of a pro.

Why is that so important?
1. It helps them relate to those that they are managing.
2. It helps the players to know that these guys have been through it all - seen it, done it, and got the T-shirt.

Can you tell me of some present day managers that have also been players?
            (Ask for responses)

I think it is interesting to note that most managers in the pro’s today were former players. And as such, they know what it takes to be a pro.

2. They have knowledge and wisdom to pass on. They know the:
  • strengths and weaknesses of each individual and seek to enhance the strengths and work on the weaknesses
  • weak spots in the other teams, and how to take advantage of these
  • best way to get the most out of their team, so that the final product is greater than the sum of the parts. i.e. ‘team vs. individual’

As players, these top managers hadn’t just played the game and enjoyed it, they had learned it. They had learned it to such an extent that they are able not only to demonstrate what to do, but also to verbally communicate what is expected of those now playing.
  • They know how they want their teams to defend
  • They know how they want their teams to attack
  • They know how to play against certain teams

Some of the best managers are those who know how to give their team an advantage.  In the middle of a game, they may send on a new player, give a word of advice, or change the tactics slightly so as to give their team a better chance of winning the game.

The manager is one who sees the whole picture and is able to make the best adjustments that he can. (Give example of manager making a decision and it having an immediate effect.)

3. They know how to win.
These managers have proven themselves winners. At the beginning, most good managers had to prove themselves. But once they did - once they saw a few trophies lining the cabinet, people could see the fact that they knew what it took to win .... the dedication, the effort, the focus, the unity, the preparation. These managers had tasted of victory - and that taste has driven them on to be WINNERS.

In thinking about the characteristics of successful managers, I want to compare them with someone. The person I’m thinking of is someone who lived a long time ago - 2000 or so years ago. His name is Jesus.

“Jesus,” you say. “Isn’t he just some historical figure that lived in Israel, grew up as a carpenter before becoming a preacher and being hung on a cross because he annoyed so many people with the things He said. You mean that Jesus?”

Yes! I mean that Jesus. And the reason I mean that Jesus is because this man is far more than a name in history. This Jesus actually came to this earth as the Son of God. God sent Jesus to this earth so that he could show us - teach us - the way to God.

One of the titles that Jesus was given was this - ‘Rabbi’ - which simply means ‘teacher’. When you think about it, that is what a manager is too, isn’t it - a teacher. But this teacher didn’t teach soccer, or maths, or English.  No. He taught about such things as:
            life,                                                     sin
            how to get to God,                               eternal life and what happens after we die
            true wisdom                                         true success
            grace                                                   forgiveness
            mercy                                                  true love

His subject matter didn’t just relate to the lives people were living then, but His teaching would also affect how people would spend their eternal lives. Therefore his teaching was far more important. The main reason God sent Jesus to this earth was not just to be a teacher but also a manager. A good manager manages people. A manager helps people do the best that they can. A good manager cares about people. And that is Jesus.

Aspects of Jesus’ life and teachings can be related to that previously said about managers, for example, as good managers are usually players first and know all the struggles and joys and everything about the game, Jesus actually left heaven to come to earth and be a man. He experienced everything we do, and therefore understands what we go through and also knows best how to help us and ‘manage’ our lives.

(from AIS South Africa)

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