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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Napier

SERVE EACH OTHER- Men's Basketball Ministry Summer Update (See pics below).

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Jim Good, a regional Director for Nations of Coaches wrote,

“I love the phrase, you don't have to be great to serve, but you have to serve to be great.

See, serving is about others. It’s not about you; it’s not about me. Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:3, 'Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility, value others above yourself.' Pat Riley warns us of the disease of me. It's real. I’ve watched it kill many teams, companies, churches, and families. Like cancer, it will spread through the body until claiming victory. Let's be careful not to let this ugly disease be a part of our team, our company, our church, or our family. Establish and develop a culture of 'we over me.

Everyone wants to be great. We desire to be great spouses, parents, coaches, leaders, and friends. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be great. I believe it’s actually biblical to want to be great. However, greatness needs to be about others. That’s what serving is all about. Matthew 20:28 says, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus was and is great. He made it about others. I Peter 4:10 encourages us with this: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others....”

Part of my role as Character Coach within Bruce Pearl’s program is providing opportunities to serve in the community. Over the Summer and into the Fall, I orchestrated community service opportunities for the team. Some of these moments of service have provided opportunities for our guys to share the Gospel! Below are pics of some of these service and ministry moments. It was such an incredible summer filled with ministry and it couldn’t have been done without your support.

Morning Bible Study with the players. We held Bible study once a week over the summer.

Visiting kids at the Auburn Pediatric Clinic.

SERVE DAY at the Youth For Christ Center.

Speaking engagements in the community of Auburn.

Preaching on a Sunday morning at First Baptist Jackson in Jackson, Alabama.

East Alabama Regional Detention Facility.

Speaking at the Southern Preparatory Academy.

Coaches Bible Study

Dylan sharing his testimony at Auburn Jr. High's morning Bible Study group.

Teaching 252 Bible studies at Church of the Highlands.

Team visits to local churches in Auburn.

Supporting Chaney Johnson at his baptism in Alabaster, Alabama.

Team visit to Exceptional Foundation.

Serving the kids at Woodland Pines Elementary, opening car doors and visiting classrooms.

Auburn Unite Event- Baptizing students in the nasty water at the Red Barn.

Every Tuesday morning I meet with other chaplains at Auburn to pray over players, coaches and staff.


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