What Youth Workers Can Learn From Deflategate

The NFL season is about to start.

For me that is a great thing.  For my wife, not so much.

If you follow sports even a little, you must have heard about “deflategate”.  The NFL has accused Tom Brady and the New England Patriots of cheating.  It is a long story.  You might agree with the NFL or you might not.  I don’t really care.

However, there is a very important youth ministry lesson found in deflategate. Here’s how I see it…

Integrity matters!

What Paul Says

Paul was writing a letter to a young leader and he had some clear requirements.  He stated;

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (1Timothy 3:1-3 NIV)

Above reproach.  That is an interesting term.  There is no wrong doing anybody could even accuse you of.

It is similar to integrity.  If you are integral you act the same no matter where you are.

You vs. Tom Brady

I have no clue if Brady actually broke any NFL rules.  I don’t really care.  What I do know is that all of us youth workers have to do better.

We MUST be above reproach.  We MUST be men and women of integrity.

This is what deflate gate taught me.

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Tyson Howells

Tyson is the associate youth ministry director for Vanguard Youth Ministry Institute. He has been a youth pastor for many years in Winnipeg as well as in Edmonton. Tyson is passionate in seeing relational youth ministry that results in youth that are passionate about following Jesus. He still leads a small group at the youth group in his home church.