2015 In Review: Jacob's Notes

By Jacob Toman

It’s the time of year when new games are opened, parents send questions about their children’s gaming habits, and tax forms are fillable. 2015 has come to a close, and I see how God has been faithful to us at Gospel & Gaming. As I look back on the year, I see areas of both growth and challenge.

In 2015 we had areas of growth: human resources, our evangelism & discipleship opportunities, and our regular production of content.

Michael Mendis: Content Director

Michael joined formally in the spring and has since been working diligently on producing & editing content, as well as the professional development of himself as a gaming expert and a leader with our content volunteers. You can check out some of Michael’s gaming highlights from 2015 here. Gospel & Gaming benefits from Michael’s work as he helps us run events, meet deadlines, and as he contributes insightful and creative ideas for content on the website.

Ben Kieffer: Assistant Chaplain with Evangelism & Discipleship

Ben joined formally in the fall and has since been working faithfully with the residents and gamers of Lake St. Charles retirement community. Ben helps lead a weekly discussion group with residents about relevant and diverse topics such as grief, sports, and history. Ben has been a blessing in helping lead weekly worship and is a faithful representative of Christ to the community at Lake St. Charles.

We also faced some challenges this year: demand for more tabletop involvement, and China.

Dungeons & Dragons, Here I Stand (check out my review of Here I Stand), Geekway to the West, Nerd in the New Year, and Saturday Game Days took up most of my own tabletop gaming time in 2015. I ended up having to say no to far too many events and miss far too many chances to building Christ-centered relationships with believers and unbelievers. I’m praying for 2016 that God would bring to us a missionary to work within the tabletop community and capitalize on the opportunity to grow the Kingdom through tabletop gaming.

Gospel & Gaming has the goal of 20 years of digital ministry based in the United States, before branching out and replicating in China. God may have different plans as more opportunities open up with Chinese students and international businesses every day. I have an opportunity to go to China in the spring of 2016 and build relationships that could lead to both individual gospel conversations, and a replicable ministry in China. I’m praying God blesses this trip with tangible results.

As 2015 closes I’m reminded of Philippians 2:1-2

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

May we at Gospel & Gaming be marked by being of the same mind, sharing the same love and acting with intentional purpose for the sake of Christ in 2016.