Friday, January 23, 2009

Upward Basketball = Free Open Air Opportunity

Do you feel like you'll explode if you don't preach the Gospel?! Here is a creative opportunity to practice open air preaching and to share the Gospel in a heckler-free environment. Too good to be true, you say?

Have I got GREAT news for you! During this season for approximately the next 8 weeks, Upward Basketball is hosted in many churches across the nation. Their mission is: To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. Check them out at Locate a host church near you and offer to do a half-time devotion.

Sometimes you'll be able to open air 2-3 times on a Saturday! Now, the host church usually asks, begs, cajoles, and frets over finding people who will be willing to give a halftime "devotion." This is your opportunity to step up to the plate and be an obedient servant of Christ and boldly proclaim the Gospel on their P.A. system in the gym before a captive audience of approximately 60-100 or more parents! No hecklers. No need for a heckler mic and kill switch. Save those $1 bills you use for trivia to buy more tracts. Keep those stuffed animals you use for drawing crowds, at home. This is better than when you had training wheels on your first bike!

Hand out some Gospel tracts. Be prepared to stay and answer questions. They're not going anywhere until their kids are done playing. I plan on sharing the Gospel during halftime since our church just signed on to be a host church.

If you've never open aired- now's your chance. Try not to be an open air hog. Encourage others to join you. If you just returned from the Ambassador's Academy, this is a wonderful opportunity. And for those of us who are not fortunate enough to have sunny, warm weather year round (we got snow tonight), then this will be the cure for your open-air-cabin-fever blues!

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