SportsPastor DNA – A Tribute to Dad
June 17, 2007, 8:38 pm
Filed under: Father's Day, ministry, sports ministry, sportspastor

To this day when I visit my hometown I am reminded where I got my love for sports. Dad and I will take a trip to the local YMCA and he will make 9 of 10 free throws and then smile and pass me the basketball. “90%”, he will say. After making 7 of 10 free throws, I will pass the ball back to the man that claims he has basketball in his blood because he was born in Indiana, the “Hoosier state”. And speaking of states, I learned all of the state capitals from my dad, like any good elementary student would, but I had the added benefit of knowing the name of every college team from those state capitals, as well. The teachers really didn’t understand when I would answer, “Austin, Texas…Longhorns!”

To this day when I visit my hometown I am reminded where I got my love for ministry. It did not matter the size of our church, Dad knew everybody. Even the visitors would be surprised to be recognized across the room by my dad, and I believe he is one of the many reasons my hometown church is known for it’s love for people. If I could only be half of the people-person that Dad is, I would be successful in ministry. You have to know people by name and care about what is going on in their life, and Dad does that naturally. In addition, every time I talk to the pastors and teachers from my hometown church, they tell me what an encourager my dad is to them. He has always been best of friends with the church staff, not for influence or politics, but simply because he cares.

It is no wonder that God has called me to design, start, and direct sports outreach ministries. In fact, I believe that is what he used my Dad to wire me to do. It is what I refer to as “SportsPastor DNA”. Thanks Dad! Happy Father’s Day!


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