Base Camp: What to do with all the noobs?


This post is part of the series, “Base Camp: Preparing for the Journey of Discipleship.”  For more information on the series, please click on this link.

Having been a hardcore gamer, I remember the first time someone called me a noob…  I was new to the game.  I had played the first two Warcraft games and really loved WarCraft II: The Tides of Darkness.  It had been a while but some of the kids at my church really loved it.  So did some of the adults for that matter.

So I started playing.  I was learning combinations of buttons to fit my playing style.  I met people from all walks of life.  An OB/GYN from our church was an expert.  However, it happened someone called me a noob.  I didn’t know what it meant but I did try to figure it out.


noun, Slang: Usually Disparaging.

a newbie, especially a person who is new to an online community and whose online participation and interactions display a lack of skill or knowledge

Everyone knew I was new to the game.  The way I played or talked.  They knew when I didn’t know the inside jokes and couldn’t talk about the latest additions due to the most current patch.

We act like this when it comes to people who have just come to Christ or maybe they chose to follow Him but were left out in the cold.  What do we do with all the noobs?  What do we do with the noobs who have been around for years but never seems to grow?

In World of Warcraft, every quest or mission served as an opportunity to learn and gain experience.  Your path was two fold.   The first part of the path rested in the game mechanics.  Everyone worked the same set of quests.  Some were a little more tailored to your specialty or to your character.  However, for the most part, everyone had a set of quests they were required to follow.  People would work characters from Level 1 to Level 80 and then the real game would begin.  Secondly, if you were lucky, someone or a group of someones would take pity on you and show you the way.  You would find a group of people more skilled who believed in the game enough to take someone under their wing and teach them the basics.

Why do we need a Base Camp? Because we have brothers and sisters in Christ who are new to this journey and are wandering the cold by themselves.  They need experienced people of faith who have walked the walk to come along side them and guide them on the path to maturity.  They need a clear cut path to “teach them everything” Jesus has commanded us (Matthew 28:19-20).  In return, they move from being noobs to finding some newbie to mentor.

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