Get Students Off the Bench and into the Game

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Kevin Gregory, Word of Life Fellowship, uses the analogy of coaching a sport to communicate his method for helping struggling Christian teenagers to embrace their faith in Christ and actively serve him. 

Kevin serves as a Local Church Missionary for Word of Life Fellowship and his passion is to reach today's youth through evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training.



When you are helping a young man or woman who has entered a spiritual valley, you can follow Kevin's 3 C's.
  1. Calculate - Evaluate the real core of issue and what Scripture has to offer for the situation. 
  2. Coach - Sit with the student, show them what Scripture says, and help them plan how they will apply God's Word to their situation.
  3. Cheer - Encouraging them to take responsibility for their own growth and watch them apply God's Word.

With which of the 3 C's do you do the best? Which is most difficult for you?
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Put this strategy into practice so that you will be ready and familiar with this method when you next help a student with a moral issue. Imagine that you have been approached by a student who has revealed to you one of the following issues. Use this specific problem to answer the questions in this post.
  • physical boundaries with boyfriend/girlfriend
  • internet pornography
  • drug or alcohol use
  • fear to reveal faith at school
  • depression
  • questioning God's love
  • questioning God's existence
  • engaging in bullying
If you are already engaged with a student who is victim to one of these things, then use that for this exercise and keep him/her in mind.

Calculate. What is the real core problem behind this issue? Why do you think the student is involved in this activity? What passages from Scripture will be a help to him/her?
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Coach. How can you share these things with that student? What will you advise him/her to include in the plan for growth and return to the Lord? How will you use the Scripture you chose in the Calculate step?
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Cheer. What will you do to follow up? How will you encourage him/her to take this return to a faithful walk seriously?
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Once the game starts, the coach has to watch his players perform. With your students, hopefully, you have put them in position to have victory in their spiritual lives.



If you would to see more Right Now training posts and videos with Kevin Gregory, click here.