Episode 66 – “Youth, Sports, and Ministry” – Guest: John Perritt

It’s that time of year when the fall sports season is heating up, everywhere from the pre-school soccer fields to the NFL gridiron. Our sports-obsessed culture will be in full gear as we do everything from playing to spectating. If all of a Christian’s life is to be an act of worship, how can we engage in our playing, sports-parenting, and spectating to the glory of God? How do we push back on a culture that encourages us to idolize sport, winning, and sports stars? And how can we shift our priorities so that youth sports don’t eclipse the necessary task of nurturing the faith of our children and teens? We’ll be talking with John Perritt, author of a new book on youth sports, about these important issues, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

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Resources, links, other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
John Perritt – bio
Reformed Youth Ministries
RYM – Youth Leader Training Conferences
The Local Youth Worker – RYM Podcast hosted by John Perritt

Time Out: The Gift or God of Youth Sports
by John Perritt
Don’t Waste Your Sports by C.J. Maheney

Organized Sports and Fun
Parents and Sports
Sports Specialization
Parents and Sports Pressure
Decline in Sports Participation
Episode 22: “Sports, Parenting, Compassion, Faith and Fandom” with Jeremy Affeldt

Blogs from Walt Mueller:
Kids and Sports… Lessons Learned From the Land of Losing…
A Little Letter to Parents on Youth Sports…
Some Thoughts on Parents, Kids, and Youth Sports Craziness…
Parents, Kids, and Sports Pressure…
Only a Game? … Thoughts on what Spectating Tells Me about Me…

Families Who Relocate for Sports Prodigies
Survey Shows Youth Sports Specialization Accelerating
Study Finds More Girls Leaving Sports During Adolescence
Specialization In Youth Sports Has Dangers
Stop the Sports Parenting Madness

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