JSAW is an action sports ministry providing youth a safe, positive environment where they can belong, be introduced to Jesus Christ and be engaged in discipleship. JSAW integrates mentoring relationships, service projects and small group Bible studies with action sports activities, camps, trips and contests both locally and worldwide.
Locally, JSAW operates out of the Help Boardshop and skatepark in Edina. JSAW’s worldwide partnerships with Christian Skaters, Christian Surfers, WakeWell and Snowboarders for Christ produce grants, leadership training and other resources for action sports ministries around the globe.
In May 2015, JSAW asked Barnabas Group Minnesota members for help with two critical needs to support this active and growing ministry:
- Introductions to well-connected business leaders to serve on the JSAW board of directors in the areas of board development, treasurer, marketing and corporate donor development to help grow the organization’s capacity
- Connections to TV, radio, newspaper, strategic relationships, etc., to spread the word and make people aware of JSAW’s park/shop and programs
Following JSAW’s presentation, Barnabas members put their time, talents and connections to work for this ministry serving youth:
- Members connected JSAW with nearly a dozen potential board candidates
- One Barnabas member now serves on the JSAW Board of Directors
- Members offered more than two dozen suggestions for marketing and public relations activities to help raise awareness of the ministry
- One Barnabas member connected JSAW with Mobile Hope to provide programming for youth at a local mobile home community