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Sports Ministry

Sports Ministry

9781718210219
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The hope of the Gospel is a universal message, and sports are arguably the universal language. Sharing the former through the latter is a powerful combination for changing lives. And for students with a heart for both, the field of sports ministry presents compelling career opportunities.

Until now, there has never been a college textbook devoted to the subject. With the arrival of Sports Ministry, college and university instructors have a dedicated text for educating students on the how-to process of developing viable sports ministry programs that share the Word and positively influence the world in which we live.

The book begins with a description of what sports ministry is and a historical overview of the sports ministry movement, including stories of prominent individuals and organizations past. Students will learn about the many sports ministries serving today at the local, national, and international levels, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, and Missionary Athletes International. Through each chapters Sports Ministry in Action and Interview With a Professional sidebars, students will get a glimpse into the lives and ministries of individuals and organizations working in sports ministry and learn about the career opportunities available in the field.

The underpinnings of sports ministry are evangelism and discipleship, and to that end students will learn various methods for Gospel communication within the sports context. The book also deliberates the intersection of sports and faith, weighing the positive and negative aspects of competition and whether competitive sport is compatible with faith. Included are six principles for making decisions regarding sport participation and a three-step process for using biblical precepts to determine ethical behavior in sport.

Chapters dedicated to finances, facilities, and legal considerations inform students on the corporate aspects of running a sports ministry program. These include the five main approaches for securing financial resources, a framework for planning and selecting the right facility, and strategies for mitigating risk.

The final section of the book looks at the implementation of sports ministry programs locally and internationally. Four common types of local church-based events are discussed—onsite, community, jaunt event, and short-term missions—with examples of each included. Students will gain an understanding of key administrative responsibilities for organizing international missions. The cross-cultural nature of sports ministry—both locally and abroad—requires students to cultivate an awareness of and respect for other cultures to foster friendship evangelism, essential to any successful sports ministry.

Sports Ministry is the definitive resource for building an effective sports ministry program. When done right, sport is a powerful platform that God will use to transform lives for His eternal purposes. With Sports Ministry, students will gain the knowledge and tools to share their faith and offer hope to others through the universal language of sport.
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9781718210219
9781718210219

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Publication date
2023
Issue number
1
Cover
paperback
Pages count
288
Weight (g)
816
  • Part I. Sports Ministry Primer

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Sports Ministry
    Introducing Sports Ministry
    A Vision for Sports Ministry
    Why Sports Ministry?
    The Universal Power and Popularity of Sport
    Youth Sports
    Sport Helps Define the World
    Defining the Term Sport
    Harnessing the Power of Sports for the Gospel
    Sports Ministry Defined
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 2. A History of Sports Ministry
    Historic Integrations of Faith and Sport
    Muscular Christianity
    Sport: A God-Given Ability or a Deterrent to Faith?
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Part II. Contemporary Approaches to Sports Ministry

    Chapter 3. Sports Ministry in the United States
    Understanding Sports Ministry in the United States
    The Beginnings of Organized Sports Ministry in the United States in the 20th Century
    The Values and Goals of These Sports Ministry Organizations and Initiatives
    Approaches and Methodologies
    Additional Significant National Sports Ministry Organizations
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 4. International Sports Ministry
    Why Minister Internationally?
    Where Sports Ministries Have Gone
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 5. Faith Considerations
    Designed for Play
    The Problem of Competition
    The Potential of Competition
    The Bible and Sport
    Assessing Sport as a Place for Ministry
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions
     
    Chapter 6. Gospel Communication
    Gospel Communication
    Biblical Narrative
    Parables
    Prayerful Dependence on God
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 7. Ethical Considerations for Christians in Sport
    The Hammer Analogy
    A New Christ-Centered Ethos
    A Work in Progress
    The Tension Between Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
    The Compatibility of Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
    A Divide Between the Sacred and the Secular
    Sportianity: A Critical Review
    Christian Ethics Through a Biblical Lens: Linvilles Three-Step Process
    Governing Principles for Ethical Behavior in Sport
    Ethical Consideration One: Pagan Associations With the Origins of Sport
    Ethical Consideration Two: Sport and the Sabbath
    Ethical Consideration Three: Considering Gamesmanship
    Winning and Losing
    The “Salt and Light” of Christian Influence
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 8. Financing Sports Ministry
    Financial Considerations in Sports Ministry
    Financial Management in Sports Ministry
    Basic Elements of Financial Management in Sports Ministry
    Understanding Financial Challenges in Sports Ministry
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 9. Sports Ministry Facilities
    The Importance of Planning for the Right Sports Ministry Facility
    Determining What Type of Sporting Facilities Are Available for Effective Ministry
    The Process of Creating a New Sports Facility: From Concept to Completion
    Additional Sport Facility Construction Considerations
    Maintaining a High-Quality Sports Facility
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 10. Legal Considerations
    A Basic Understanding of the U.S. Legal System and Legal Terminology
    State Legal Systems
    Additional Legal Considerations for Sports Ministries
    Key Legal Issues Facing Sport Ministries
    Lack of Understanding and Knowledge of Legal Elements and Responsibilities
    ADA Requirements for Sports Programs and Sports Facilities
    The Importance of a Proactive Risk Management Program
    The Importance of Accountability
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Part III. Developing a Viable Sports Ministry

    Chapter 11. International Sport Mission Trips
    Benefits of Short-Term Sport Missions
    The Importance of Partnerships
    Types of International Short-Term Sports Ministry Trips
    Short-Term Sports Ministry Precautions
    The Importance of Service and Relationship Building
    Administrative Responsibilities
    Pre-Trip Team Training and Post-Trip Debriefing
    Helpful Travel Tips
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 12. Sports Ministry in the Local Church
    Assessing Ministry Mission and Objectives
    Assessing Church and Community Demographics
    Four Typical Church-Based Sports Ministry Locations
    Hosting Events
    Funding Church Sports Ministry
    Church Sports Ministry Resources
    Equipping Responsibilities for the Sport-Minded
    Developing Church Sports Ministry Leadership
    Examples of Local Church Sports Ministries
    A Precaution
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 13. Sports Ministry Organizations
    SMO as Parachurch
    SMO Examples
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions

    Chapter 14. Cultural and Leadership Considerations
    Cultural and Cross-Cultural Considerations
    Jesus Adapts to Cultural Norms
    Sports Ministry Application
    Women as an Example of Cultural Norm
    Discernment Implications
    Defining Nonnegotiables
    Support for One Another
    Leader-Led Teamwork
    Summary
    Review and Discussion Questions
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