Last week we discussed why discipleship (a.k.a., coaching) matters.
This week we’re talking about how our obedience impacts the lives of fatherless youth and young men.
1. Positive Role Modeling:
Coaching provides fatherless youth with a positive male role model who can guide them through life’s challenges. Many fatherless individuals lack a male figure to look up to, and a coach can fill this void by modeling biblical attributes such as responsibility (Col. 3:23), resilience (Rom. 5:3-4), and integrity (Job 27:5). Through consistent mentorship, coaches can instill values that positively shape the character of these young men.
2. Building Confidence and Self–Worth:
Fatherless youth often face unique emotional challenges, including a sense of abandonment or lack of self-worth. The personalized attention and encouragement provided by consistent, regular coaching helps overcome the residual effects of abandonment that often lead to an inability to attach to others. This connection between young men and coaches fosters a sense of accomplishment and builds self-worth that leads to healthy masculinity.
3. Tailored Support for Trauma:
Coaching recognizes the specific needs of fatherless individuals who may have experienced trauma related to the absence of a father figure. Unlike generic mentoring, coaching can be tailored to address these traumas. We know the Gospel is the answer, and the Gospel is best caught in meaningful, personal relationships where coaches offer targeted support and strategies for coping with issues such as abandonment, identity struggles, and emotional pain.
Coaching fatherless youth is not as much about imparting skills as it is building a relationship.
When a 17-yr old in a group home tells a coach, “I’ve never had someone in my life to show me what it means to be a man” (which just happened to one of our coaches), that’s when you know the message of biblical masculinity is making an impact.
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The Man Up Team