Gaming

By recon419a

It’s a pattern I’ve seen often in my life – I go hard and burn out fast – but it wasn’t until tonight that I realized the parallels to video games, and the way they can free me from the feeling of uselessness I get when I’m below my peak effectiveness. It’s a little concept I like to call team comp.

By imagining how we can use games like Dungeons and Dragons as a ministry space, we challenge that separation of activities between fun and serious. For many gamers, playing games involves real relationships that we value and invest in.

Even as a lifetime gamer and a member of MDS staff, it can sometimes feel strange to think of how video games work as a mission field, as a place where I can share the Gospel.

Around 2015, I started playing League of Legends with my InterVarsity small group at Northwestern. 

The presence of missional Christians is so important in digital spaces: We need to be there not just to preach, but to listen, to wait, to offer healing whenever life gets hard.

Using our social presence well is a part of evangelism, of living out our faith, and of being a disciple of Jesus in 2015.  Our social tools give us additional ways to connect with friends on campus. We need to use them well.