Here’s why Air Squares is an evangelism budget item.
Being ministry guys as well, we have a couple or three decades of heartburn regarding the challenge of funding a ministry. We only have so much money in a ministry budget (that’s an understatement!) and usually we need to fund raise on top of that, just to sustain a reasonably active student ministry.
If you’ve been in ministry (or business, for that matter) for a little while you’ve probably learned about the “funnel” or “pipeline”. It’s the concept that we have to reach as many people as possible because we realize every student we touch won’t be interested or stick around. BUT once we make that personal connection, we can nurture the relationship, leading them to an understanding of God’s love for them and how to grow to be like Jesus. Remember Paul’s words in Romans 10:14, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” That’s funnel thinking.
Air Squares is a fantastic evangelism tool for reaching, which is the first step. So….
DON’T just play the game with “your” kids” on your turf. Take the game to the local park or hangout, and invite your kids to meet you there, and have them invite their friends to meet you there. For those of us who were raised in a Christian environment, we can’t imagine feeling nervous about entering onto church property. Yet many kids do, so let’s remove the barrier that exists, even if only in their own minds, and meet them for the first time on neutral turf. The beauty of the game play is the natural, organic connection that emerges as people play in community. Heck, the game is so simple (kind of like soccer) that you don’t even need to speak the same native tongue. Air Squares is a wise tool for mission trips.
So make sure your church leaders (and kids and parents too) understand it’s waaaay more than a fun game. It’s a powerful evangelism tool.
We’d love to partner with you in your call to serve. Our adjustable set allows you to use Air Squares with children, teens, or adults, so we’d love to hear your feedback! Will you consider investing in your own Air Squares and take your fun with you?