The definition of a coach is a person who trains a team or is an instructor for a student; a tutor, one who prepares others for an examination. A Bible Quest coach is this and much more. He or she is a person that loves God, loves His Word and loves young people. He must be convinced that the Word of God is the necessary foundation they need in their life to be all God has planned for them. A coach believes Bible Quest will help the young person develop their mind, heart and soul so they will be ready for life’s greatest examination, knowing and doing the will of God.
A Bible Quest coach will lead by example and his example is Jesus Christ. This is seen in his words, actions, and attitude as he interacts with quizzers, parents, grandparents, his church staff as well as other Bible Quest personnel.
A Bible Quest coach will have an updated list of the quizzer’s personal information. This will include their name and names of parents or person responsible for the quizzer. You need their telephone number, address, email address if available. Obtain their date of birth including the year they were born.
The most important thing you will do is to have a prayer journal for each young person. It will contain their spiritual condition of each young person. Are they saved, sanctified, filled with the Spirit, etc? Know their problems and spiritual needs as well as their goals. Let them know you will pray for their needs and they can bring private needs to you also. Pray for the spiritual development as the quiz year progresses. If they are weak in studying or memorizing add things like this to your list. Also have a praise list of all prayers answered. Share this with your youth as appropriate.
A Bible Quest coach will recruit new quizzers and encourage current quizzers. He will inform the parents or responsible person of the Bible Quest schedule for the year. This will include quiz practices, tournaments games and quiz finals. Work with your local church and the other ministries in your church to find a time that works best for all. Encourage the people to attend the practice and games when possible. Coordinate any special events well in advance and check with your Christian Education board or church leaders.
A Bible Quest coach will obtain current Bible Quest materials for the quiz year. He must provide a Bible Quest schedule for the quiz at the beginning of the quiz year. A schedule must be given to parents too.
At the beginning of the quiz year a coach should explain the purpose of the ministry to the parents or responsible persons and quizzers. Let the parents know what you expect from them and how they can help their child learn God’s Word. Set the standard high but make the goal achievable. Be consistent and hold the quizzers accountable. Keep records on what each quizzer has achieved and need to do. It would be good to send out a report to the parents during the year. Have a quiz in front of your church; this really increases interest in Bible Quest and shows what is being accomplished in the lives of the young people.
One of the challenges you will face as a Bible Quest coach is how I continue to motivate the quizzers. Remember you will need to be motivated before you can motivate the quizzers. Always use prayer and fasting as a means of true motivation. Guard your personal alone time with the Lord. Use short and long term goals with rewards if necessary. You may need to have individual goals instead of a team goal. Stay organized. Keep good records. Lead, guide and direct; not order, demand or threaten. Depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, help and guide you through the quiz year.
Help the quizzers to know how to win and how to lose as a Christian. Assure each quizzer he is always a winner because he chose to put the Lord and His Word first in his life. Winning is giving your all to Jesus and losing is not giving your all to Jesus.
Do a good study of the Bible Quest rules. Rules for Teen Bible Quest can be downloaded from the IPHC website. JBQ has a rule book you can order and learn.
A Bible Quest coach has a high calling from God. They are entrusted by God to coach his children in His Word. What higher calling is there? Remember the kids on your team really belong to God. A coach will give an account to God for the way we have coached His team. Be faithful to God for the lives He has given you and be sure to give Him all the credit for the great things He will do in their lives. Pray especially hard when the quizzer God sends you if far from perfect and challenges you in everyway. That young person may just be the person God will use to change you or He will allow you to see a miracle that will change the young person. Some of God’s diamonds will come to us in the rough; accept them from God and love them more. When you see a quizzer that has matured as a Christian and you realize you had a part in this you will get a glimpse of the eternal rewards of Bible Quest.
Be an encourager. Be honest, especially if you do not know something. Find out the answer. Teach by example. Be a friend. Give a hug. Be a mentor. Develop personal relationships with all quizzers. Stay focused on the true goal: Seeing the Holy Spirit transform the Bible truths learned into Christ centered Bible living.
How to Pray for Your Young People:
Pray they will know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Pray the new Christian will love the Word of God:
1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:” Psalm 119:97 “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”
Pray they will believe God has a plan and purpose for their life.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plan I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Pray that they will not only meditate on God’s Word but be doers of His Word.
Joshua 1:8 “Do not let this book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Pray they will not be deceived by sin and Satan.
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Pray they will wear and use the full armor of God.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Pray they will be able to discern and know the truth.
John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Pray they will keep Jesus Christ first in their life.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Pray they will develop and cherish their time alone with God.
Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
Pray they will grow and mature in Christ as they study God’s Word.
2 Tim. 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
Pray they will find God’s will for their life.
Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
Pray for their families and their needs.
Matthew 6:6 “But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which sees in secret shall reward thee openly.”
Pray they will have respect for their parents, teachers and people in authority.
Ephes. 6:2 “Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise)”
Pray they will overcome evil.
Rev. 21:7 “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Pray for their daily protection.
Psalm 91:15 “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.”
Pray they will experience sanctification as well as grow in the sanctified life.
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Pray they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit and continue to seek His presence daily.
Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
Pray that they will have a heart to pray.
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Pray they will trust the Lord with all their heart.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Pray they will find the friendships that God desires for them.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Pray the Holy Spirit will be their Teacher.
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Pray they will witness and care about the unsaved.
John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Pray they will seek God’s will for the choices they will make in life; career, college, ministry, and a mate for life.
Romans 12:1-2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Pray they will desire to live a life of holiness and avoid the pull of the world.
2 Cor. 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”