a topic that I love…

This morning I am off to give a presentation on something that I love, Sports Ministry.  If you have followed this blog or know me at all it’s something that I am truly passionate about, love to talk about, blog about, and it’s the career that God has called me to as I serve with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In my personal opinion it is one of the best ways to reach our world for Christ and crosses more cultural and social barriers than almost any other form of ministry.

sports minToday, I am going to actually be sharing on a couple of topics, first of all the need for sports ministry and why we should be using it to reach our students.  Most of the reasons I am sharing about I have blogged about on here before.  Things like the fact that we live in a sports crazed culture and that over 17 million students K-12 grades are involved in school and community sports.  Also, I am going to be sharing about how we need to be using sports ministry as a way to reach coaches, because of the influence our coaches have.  Another stat that I recently got was also that almost 80% of our students are now unchurched.  By doing sports ministry we have an amazing opportunity to bring the Word of God to these students for the first time ever!

My 2nd topic that I am sharing on today is on how to prepare a chapel talk for speaking to a sports team.  I will be sharing tips on how to prepare and also some do’s and don’ts about preparation, presentation, and follow up.  The opportunity to go into a team practice or pregame routine and share a devotion/chapel with them is so amazing that it is something that we can not afford to not do well.  Whether that be how we communicate the Word and break it down for them, or just respecting the coaches time parameters.  As mentioned above about 80% of those we share with in a team chapel situation are not attending church so we must do our chapels well for Christ.

Please pray with me as I share in more detail about these topics this morning.  Also, if you would ever like to discuss anything with or relating to sports ministry please let me know!  If you are looking for a practical way to serve the Lord that reaches all kinds of people, you should definitely look into plugging into a sports ministry!

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2014 FCA Leadership Camp – Day 2 Update

All_In_BlackDay 2 of FCA Leadership Camp has came to a close.  While I am completely exhausted as I write this post before heading to bed, I am so very excited about all that God is doing here!

This morning our students were up bright and early for devotional time and calisthenics and a brisk morning run before breakfast.  While most probably cringed at the thought of the run, we loved that they were up and ready to go with diving into God’s Word as the first priority of the day!

During the morning our students had a morning chapel session where they were challenged to seek out the voice of God in their lives to see how he is calling them to serve.  The speaker did an excellent job of challenging the students to get serious about their time in the Word and prayer so that they will be able to discern the will of God clearly.

Following morning chapel the students had a couple of hours where they were either meeting with their huddle groups discussing the Word or involved in various competition games around the Campbellsville University campus.  It was during this time, that myself and the other huddle coaches, sponsors, and leaders gathered for a time of fellowship.  We introduced ourselves to one an another and shared about the various FCA things we are doing and how God is working in our schools.  It was a huge encouragement to me personally to see how God is moving through FCA and changing the lives of students around the country!

Right before lunch the students gathered back in the chapel for a time of Campus Ministry training.  This is where they are trained on how to do our weekly huddles in the school and impact their schools for Christ.  As always our goal is to get our huddles more student led and so this is a great time of encouraging and training our Lee County students to do just that.

In the afternoon our students were able to enjoy some free time.  Many took naps or showers, but some played basketball and various other activities.  Myself and Maeven went to the pool for a swim.  She was however very excited to find a couple of our students were going swimming and that the teenagers were going to play with her.  So getting pulled around and thrown in the water was a blast for my giggling little 3 year old!

This evening the students were treated to testimonies from two different college basketball players about how God has worked in their lives.  Our girls were especially excited to hear from Sarah Hammond who plays basketball for the University of Louisville.

The evening service was once again kicked off with a great time of worship as we sang praises to the Father.  Our speaker used the first nine verses of the book of  Joshua tonight to challenged our students on three truths about an all in leader.  He told them that an All In Leader trusts the promises of God, trusts the presence of God, and is committed to the Word of God.  He also encouraged the students that God does not call them because of what they can do, but because of what God can do through them.  I have been very encouraged this week at how clear our speaker has been in speaking truth to our students.  God promises that the truth of His word will not return void, and I can not wait to see how God is going to use this week’s messages of truth in the lives of our students.

It’s time I head to bed now though, but as we head into day 3 be praying for our students.  They will be heading out Saturday afternoon to share their faith with complete strangers.  Pray that just like Joshua they will be bold and courageous for Christ!

FCA Leadership Camp 2012 – Day 2

2012 LCHS FCA Leadership Camp Students

Today was another great day here at FCA Leadership Camp at Campbellsville University.  Things got off to a rocky start for Erin and I as Maeven decided waking up at 3:30 am and not going back to sleep was a good thing.  Thankfully she got a good nap in later in the day!

In this morning’s chapel time the speaker talked to the students about Esau selling his birthright to Jacob.  He compared how Esau felt a temporary hunger and sold some thing precious to try and fill that void to how we are hungering for Christ and try to fill the hunger with whatever this world has to offer.

After the morning service the students went off in their huddles for both small group time and competitions.  They competed in everything from basketball, softball, volleyball, various other sports, and yes “tube mania!”  While the students were busy during this time I attended a class with other adult leaders where we had a Bible study and prayer time for your huddle groups.  It was definitely a very encouraging time for me!

Maeven decided to sleep through lunch and so I walked across campus to the campus Chik-Fil-A to get lunch for our family.   The sun was so hot on the way back I ignored the burning sensation on my arm.  Turns out the chicken was so hot that through the bag it actually blistered my left arm.   Ouch!!!

During the afternoon the students attended a session on how they were going to share their faith in the community on Saturday.  Following that session they had more competitions and then some free time where they could play, swim, or sleep if they wished.

Strong Man breaking a baseball bat

After supper tonight we all attended a strong man show, where a weight lifter showed his strength on the bench press, tearing phone books, breaking bats, ripping apart full pop cans, and twisting frying pans!  He then shared with the students about how they could use their athletic abilities to reach others for Christ and how sometimes that’s not easy because people have messy lives.  Yet even with the mess we must still show them the love of Christ!

The evening chapel service was once again a blessing.  The praise and worship team led a great time of praise and really helped focus the students for the testimonies and messages they heard.   The speaker talked to the students about having the mind of a leader.  The mind of the leader sees what God can do in a situation and knows what dreams God gives them.  The mind of a leader proclaims and says what God wants him

evening chapel service worship service…

too.  And lastly the mind of a leader seizes the opportunity that God gives him.

It’s been a great day and hanging out with our students I can tell that they are enjoying themselves and that God is doing something powerful in their lives.  Keep praying for them and for the rest of our camp this weekend!   Also, pray that burning foods will stay away from me!!