The church is a place that tries to be welcoming to all, and this can sometimes be a problem for those of us who are trying to figure out just what may be going on and why it matters. That being said, how do you know that you’re doing what may be best in regards to that world? How can you be more involved with gamer culture in the church?
Being in touch with gaming culture is a very important part of reaching out to gamers. One does not necessarily have to be a gamer, but it helps. There are a variety of websites and magazines that someone can check out if they’re trying to learn more about the gaming culture. There are also a variety of blogs and Twitter feeds that deal with gaming news and information. Knowing about gaming culture and what’s popular will help to establish relationships with students in the gaming crowd.
Conversations about similar interests, like gaming, are “safe” conversations that help youth workers to connect with teens on a relational level. Hopefully, those conversations based on similar interests can grow into a relationship where the youth worker has the opportunity to talk to the teenager about deeper spiritual topics. This could also ultimately lead them to a discipling relationship.
Video games, like books and other media, can also be used to encourage conversation based on the content of those games. Questions about the media can include, but are not limited to:
- What standards does this game promote?
- What is the main storyline?
- Are you enjoying this game? Why or why not?
- Can you think of any biblical principles related to this game?
Much of the media that Americans utilize is merely consumed instead of engaged. Engaging our students in a discipleship relationship by using gaming as a catalyst can be highly effective; it also can teach students to be mentally engaged in regards to the media they are consuming.