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.
Today, 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!