Clips and Lessons – Moneyball and Vocation
“You are called”
Topic for Conversation: This study is designed to help the youth understand that they are worthy of God’s calling. God sees our talents when no one else does and calls us to places we could never imagine. God has faith in us that we will become the people we were created to be.
Age group/intended group for discussion: High School Youth
Time frame: 45 minutes
Film (Title, year, director, availability – sources and formats): Moneyball, 2011, Bennett Miller, DVD, Blue Ray, Netflix DVD
Scene(s) to use: Chapter 3: Start at 26:33 End at 36:17
Description of scene(s): (Warning: Adult language is used) In these scenes Billy Beane, the GM for the Oakland Athletics, is beginning to form a new team using some unorthodox methods. The new assistant GM, Pete, shows Billy a new way of looking at players that most do not use. He begins to see talent where others see failure.
How to set up clip viewing: This is the story of manager Billy Beane and his new way of making a team. This scene is the beginning of his new method brought on by his new assistant GM Pete.
Questions to ask group before watching clip:
1. What are some reasons owners of teams overlook players?
2. What qualities does Pete see in players?
3. How do the other men in the meeting react to Billy’s ideas?
4. When have you felt like you weren’t good enough for something?
View the clip: Chapter 3: Start at 26:33 End at 36:17
Theological conversation after viewing:
1. Read Luke 19:1-10 as a group
2. What did Jesus say to Zacchaeus?
3. What does the text say about Zacchaeus?
4. Why do you think Jesus calls Zacchaeus? (What does he see in him?)
5. What is the result of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus?
6. Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough to be a Christian? When? Why?
7. Have you ever felt like you have been overlooked for some reason? Explain.
8. Give each youth a piece of paper and a pen. Tell them to make a “player profile” of themselves that includes these items:
Likes, dislikes, talents, weaknesses, joys, frustrations
9. Let the youth share their player profiles and ensure them that God calls every bit of them to be a follower.
Close the session:
Gather in a circle and close in this prayer:
“God we thank you for seeing something in us. Help us believe that you do call us and that you know us better than we know ourselves. When the world tells us we aren’t good enough let us believe that we are. AMEN.”