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Worship Arts Pastor Clay Smith - What's Your Mission?

It might surprise some of you that not only am I the Worship Pastor for ERBC, but I am a local missionary sent out by ERBC as well. I serve in a local mission field and I share the love and the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to that field. My mission field is a group of 45 or 50 seventh and eighth grade boys from Blue Ridge Middle School in Greer.

I get to love and minister to these boys and their families through the medium of football. For the past seven years, I have coached these boys in what we call D Team Football. Now, for those who may not know, D Team Football is just a fancy way to say Middle School Football for 7th and 8th Grade. The cool thing about this mission field is that every year, the people I get to share with and minister to changes as the boys move on to High School and other boys come up into 7th and 8th Grade.

Any given year, I am privileged to share life with these young men, many who have no male role model in their own family. Many of these young men are craving for an adult male to share time with them, give them encouragement, help them feel like their life has worth, and basically, show them love! That's what they need and that is what I give! Some of these young men have very little in the way of worldly goods and their home lives might just shock you if you were to know all they are forced to deal with.

It just might surprise some of you that this mission has little to do with football, but so much to do with letting young men see how another adult male can love, care for, and just be there to listen to their cares and concerns when they don't get that anywhere else!

Through the years, I've seen many of these young men give their lives to Christ, learn how to give and show respect and honor to teachers and parents, learn that their lives do have meaning and purpose, and also just learn that true love isn't conditional, it's a choice! And I choose to love them unconditionally.

So thanks so much for allowing me to be a missionary from ERBC that has an ongoing mission here locally and that is being so effective and producing fruit for the kingdom of God! I would love for you to come and join me on this mission field any time! I think you would be amazed at what God is doing!

Oh, and as far as the football aspect goes, we're pretty good at that, too. We just won the 2017 Greenville County D Team Championship this year! So goooooooooooo Tigers!

On mission for Him!

 

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