This is a great, fun video of an impromptu blitz game played between Samuel Sevian (who was 10 at the time) and IM Greg Shahade during a break at a US Chess School.
As well as being a quick bit of amusement, what struck me about this was that Greg Shahade (a chess International Master – the 2nd highest rank in chess) didn’t mind losing to ‘a kid’ (although Samuel’s a very good chess playing kid!).
This got me thinking about the church and how we treat young people and their gifts.
Are we happy if they ‘beat’ us in areas of church life?
Do we encourage their talents properly?
With tech playing a greater role in the church, and young people often being more ‘tech knowledgable’ than many adults, is there a way we can get them more involved and give them some ‘ownership’ in the church?
And very importantly, we need to make sure not to treat young people (or anyone) like a certain pastor did recently…
Does your church do anything to involve young people in the tech side in the church?
How do you think we could do more?