The Game Plan
- To develop and provide training and coordination
to churches that either have limited or no recreation activities because
of lack of funds and/or recreational leadership.
a church-wide survey to help determine the needs and desires of
the church and community.
potential recreation leadership within the church and conduct
a leadership training seminar.
the potential recreation facilities available in a community that
may be utilized for ministry.
the church conduct an outreach follow-up program to get unchurched
people in the community plugged into a local church home.
To provide an opportunity for youth to participate in a Christ
centered team sports program.
a plan through the local church to offer sports as outreach to the community.
a procedure for people to register to participate on different sports
an evaluation procedure to determine skill levels of all participants
so teams may be equally formed.
a coach's certification program in which active Christian adults are
recruited and trained in sports evangelism and coaching.
To provide an opportunity for youth to participate in evangelistic
sports camps and clinics.
determining the area needs and interest, organize sports camps and clinics
to meet those needs.
camps and clinics to evangelize in that area and as a springboard to
other church programs and leagues.
To develop groups of churches that work cooperatively to create sports
and recreation outreach opportunities within their community.
churches interested in creating community sports and recreation outreach
facilities within a community available to use for special outreach
events and programs.
a committee made up of local church lay people to coordinate the sports
leagues and events.
an established outreach follow-up program to plug the un-churched participants
into a local church home.
That Keep Some Churches From Having A Recreation/Sports Ministry.
does not have experienced staff to develop sports ministry.
are not enough finances within the church budget to support a sports
of knowledge to train leadership.
leadership does not know where to go for assistance.
church members to field teams.
Even though these are thought of as obstacles that might prevent a church
from having a recreation/sports ministry, they are truly opportunities
for the church to achieve great and mighty things through Godís blessings.
Churches working together to reach their communities for Christ can
overcome all these reasons listed above. Remember that recreation/sports
ministry, when used as an outreach ministry, will impact lives and reach
people that might not otherwise walk through church doors. People
will look for a church home that can meet their familiesí needs,
and this includes their desires in recreation/sports fellowship.
For Developing A Recreation/Sports Ministry
- Used to
identify recreational interest in your church and community. It will
also help identify potential leadership in different areas of recreational
- In order to have an effective outreach ministry there must
be a procedure in place to follow up with the lost and unchurched
participants. Outreach does not happen by accident. You
have to plan and work at it. It is hard work, but the end results
and impact on the ministry can change the heartbeat of your church
- As with any other ministry, a recreation/sports ministry is
only going to be as effective as the leadership. Training strong
leadership is a must.
teams and leagues
- A very effective outreach ministry is having youth and adult
sports teams. The biggest problem is finding other teams to
play against that have the same outreach ministry objective.
Partnering with other churches to form a league is a great way to
achieve your ministry objectives. Putting a Christian
team in a secular league can be disastrous. It is true that
ministry can surely take place, but more likely the non-Christian
teams will negatively affect the Christian teams. It is better to bring unsaved
and un-churched people into a Christian
environment where the rules and policies of the league share the love
of Christ. If there is not a Christian league available for
your teams to join, start a league by asking other churches to join
together to form one. Many times other churches are searching
for the same outreach opportunities but donít know where to go to
- Offering summer sports camp and clinics for children and youth
is a great way to reach your community for Christ. The camps
will also become an effective springboard into getting those participants
to join your children and youth sports teams later on.
events - Hosting
special sports and recreational events are an effective way to reach
your community. Some of the events might be a sports festival,
mini Olympics, 3 on 3-basketball tournament, or a church member/non
member golf tournament. There are many more sports ministry
opportunities and your church could and should be very creative with
these events. The survey can be a great tool to identify what
type of events would be well received by people in your church and
for Life Ministry
would like to work with your church to help you establish an outreach
recreation/sports ministry that will make an impact in your community
and reach the unsaved and un-churched for Christ.
contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Keith White
at 704-491-8514. I look forward to hearing from you.