My new attempt to generate new contacts in the community around our congregation may not be orthodox, but I know it has been provided by the LORD, regardless of the risk of criticism from inside and outside the church. But I know it will be fund and interesting.
I was driving the other day, back in December, with Ludi by my side, when I told her about my desire to do a few things I have always wanted to do. Given the proximity of the new year, I am sure she was not surprised at all by my comments.
After sharing with her some of the items on my this-next-year-for-sure list, I stopped, thought for a moment, and then added: “… And, you know what, I am going to play Dungeon & Dragons this coming year.”
My comment was more hopeful wishing than anything else.
I do love board games, but I do not get to play them as much. It was my previous experience that made my comment more a wish than a resolution. Another reason for my less-than-exciting declaration is the fact that, really, what I wanted was to play another game (MtG), but that had proved to be impossible – my schedule conflicted with the schedule of my local game store, and some people who started playing MtG with me had lost all interest in the game.
So, D&D was really Option B, for me.
But He made it Option A:
- I’ve got a D & D Starter Set, for Christmas.
- There was a meetup, on the last Saturday of the year, hosted by the local comic book store, to recruit new DMs.
- I attended the meeting and ended up being one of the six new volunteers to run adventures for brand new players.
- I’ll be DM-ing my first session by the end of this month
- I’m getting support from some members of my congregation, not only with their prayers but with practical issues, like game testing before the big day.
Why is all this risky? Well, for starters, I’ll be leading the game sessions! Being on the front is always a risk. Many, many things could make this whole experience terrible for everyone involved: I may not know all the rules of the game, I may mispronounce names, I may have a hard time understanding what the players want to do, they may have a hard time understanding what I’m saying to them. Then, we have the stigma D&D still has. Some people within the church may consider this whole endeavor one more of my crazy – and dangerous – ideas.
I am convinced the LORD has provided this opportunity; it has all the markings of the specific way He usually deals with me. And I believe that even if I am the worst DM ever, the whole experience will be beneficial for me and my prayer team.
So, we will see what happens on the way to the Lost Mine of Phandelver, by the end of the month.
What risks have you taken in your disciple-making? How did all go?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.