Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a splendid weekend! I am SO excited to share an interview of a good friend of ours with you all today. We have known Zach McMahan and his family from practically the first day we moved to Ohio. He is such a Godly, encouraging brother in Christ, and it has been a joy seeing him grow into the ministry leader that he is today. Zach’s local ministry is called Clarksville Dodgeball (Clarksville is the little town in Ohio that both of our families live in), a ministry that uses the fun, enjoyable sport of dodgeball to bring the Gospel to the youth in our area. But I’ll stop blabbing and let Zach explain more.
Who are you?
Music is my passion. I love to write and compose my own songs but I’m always willing to play just about anything on my guitar or piano. I also really enjoy writing and reading; although, I have less and less time to do either of these things!
What is your ministry?
The ministry God has allowed me to steward is called Clarksville Dodgeball. As the name implies, the ministry is a local event that uses dodgeball as a catalyst for young people to hear the gospel. We play loud music and have snacks but when it comes to the gospel, we don’t try to make it more attractive or relevant than it already is. Local youth pastors/leaders share the good news of Christ as it is and give an invitation at every event.
How did you get started (i.e- start-up costs, finding a location, advice)?
God placed a burden on my heart concerning my lack of evangelism. “My mission field is here” was my common cop-out for not investing in foreign missions, but when I said that, I was lying to people. I had been doing nothing to share Jesus with my neighbors and community. The burden become so hard to bear that I set aside $500 and committed the money to the Lord. As God gave me ideas, I would test them by trying to make them happen. When my plans fell through, I knew it was God telling me that He had something better in mind for the ministry. I remember searching for a gym to rent months ago. I first went to my local YMCA but because of their availability, God closed that door and I kept looking. After a few other options, I settled on the Clarksville gym for a number of logistical reasons but looking back, God chose the gym because it was in the middle of three large school districts and would be most effective for His purposes. Whenever you try to start a ministry it is vital to always seek to glorify God. Every meeting, phone call, email and the like was prefixed with a prayer. Sometimes it was as simple as “God, use this call to bring honor to you”…other times it was a detailed plea something like “God, I really need You to intervene in this
I love dodgeball, plain and simple. High school and college guys love dodgeball too. It’s just one of those games youth love. I couldn’t see a better way to get my peers in a gym to hear the gospel besides dodgeball.
What is the vision for your ministry?That’s a tough one. I guess I haven’t really thought about a vision (or mission) statement. It was always about my personal obedience to the Lord to be less apathetic towards my community. Obviously, I want to glorify God and bring His Son’s victory over death to those around me, but still, I’m not completely sure it is more than that.
Can you give us a general idea of what a typical night at dodgeball is like?
Buy some tracks, step out of your comfort zone, get some friends and commit. It doesn’t need to be a full-blown operation or entity…just love people enough to share with them your hope and salvation.
Just do it! Don’t be one of the growing number of Christians who never share their faith or lead someone to the cross. It’s not easy but it is instructed. Just do it.
Thank you so much Zach for answering these questions for our readers!
You all may be wondering why this interview is on our blog. Let me explain: Zach contacted us a few months ago about doing some sort of promotion, interview, post, etc. about his ministry, and to encourage others outside of our community to start up a ministry of their own. After several conversations, that idea manifested itself in the form of this interview. Another reason is we wanted to encourage all of you to embolden your brothers to the task of sharing the Gospel with the lost. As Zach said, “It’s not easy but it is instructed. Just do it.”