Course 1  |  Gospel-Centered Sports Ministry (GCSM)

Course Purpose: For students to grasp the full story of the gospel and see how that impacts a sports ministry in regards to reaching people and redeeming sports.

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Understand something of the intensity and importance of the question “What is the gospel?” in our day
  2. Understand the impact our definition of the gospel has on our sports ministry
  3. Identify/define the gospel according to the four chapter construct and begin to see what sports would look like in each of the four chapters
  4. Identify the hub of their sports ministry and evaluate what gospel is being pursued in their sports ministry
  5. Clarify what is and what isn’t gospel-centered sports ministry
  6. Identify ways to move their sports ministry into a greater gospel-centricity and develop a plan to do so

Course 2  |  Sports Outreach Ministry Leadership (SOML)

Course Purpose: For the students to be equipped to start a Sports Outreach Ministry or transition an existing recreational ministry to Sports Outreach or revitalize an existing Sports Outreach Ministry

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Have a clear definition of Leadership – This is what a leader is…
  2. Delineate the difference between godly and cultural leadership in ministry
  3. Define a mission statement for a Sports Outreach Ministry Leader
  4. Develop a model for expressing godly leadership within a Sports Outreach context
  5. Write out a plan/strategy for implementing that model of leadership within their local church
  6. List the key milestones to starting a sports outreach ministry
  7. List the key issues for transitioning a particular recreational ministry
  8. Develop a plan for starting or transitioning the sports ministry at their churches
  9. Analyze a church sports ministry and develop a plan to either start or transition the ministry

Course 3  |  Relational Outreach (RO)

Course Purpose: For the students to personally and effectively utilize relational outreach in their involvement in Sports Outreach and be confident to train others to do the same

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Define successful outreach
  2. Show the need of our day for a relational outreach strategy
  3. Explain the biblical basis of the natural process model for outreach
  4. Outline the various phases of the natural process model
  5. Determine the process phase for particular relationships
  6. Take the strategic initiative to help a person progress in that process
  7. Determine a strategy for tailoring the natural process model to a particular sports outreach environment
  8. Evaluate their current Sports Outreach Ministry in the effectiveness of utilizing the natural process model
  9. Develop an overall Sports Outreach Ministry strategy for every phase of the scale that would facilitate people moving through the process

Course 4  |  Theology of Competition (TOC)

Course Purpose: For the students to effectively address the issues surrounding competition both on the sports field and in life

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Understand the importance and dynamics of an integrated worldview specifically in regard to competition.
  2. Identify the worldly worldview of competition and it expressions along with the biblical worldview of competition and its expressions
  3. Lay aside the worldly expressions of competition and give themselves in their sports environments to competing with a biblical worldview
  4. Take this integrated worldview of competition beyond the arena of sports and apply it to every area of life – transforming the world to the glory of God.
  5. See the importance of these concepts and multiply them in their local churches – this would include:
    1. Defending the biblical view of competition
    2. Giving a concise answer to the questions
      1. Does God care who wins?
      2. Does God control who wins?
      3. Should I want to win?

Course 5  |  Building a Sports Outreach Ministry Team (BSOMT)

Course Purpose: For the students to take significant steps toward building a SOLT and Coach Development Team that would launch them to into a lifetime of building teams

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Defend the biblical basis and practical benefit of team leadership of SOM
  2. Identify the key characteristics of a good team and analyze an existing team in light of those qualities
  3. List the differences between a SOM Leadership Team and a team for Developing Coaches.
  4. Give definitions, biblical basis, and activities for the characteristics of high performance teams.
  5. Give the biblical basis, key curriculum items and activities for developing coaches.
  6. Understand their leadership and personality style and give the basic differences with other personality and leadership styles.
  7. Take the material and start to build a SOLT and Coach Development Team

Course 6  |  Sports Outreach & the Local Church (SOLC)

Course Purpose: For the students to understand the ideal of the local church from the perspective of Jesus Christ and commit their lives to making the reality more like the ideal

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, students would be able to:

  1. Define the biblical mission and vision of the local church
  2. Defend the need for SO within that mission and vision
  3. Align other ministries of the local church with that mission and vision – partner where appropriate
  4. Outline the various leadership structures among US local churches
  5. Outline the various key sizes of local churches and that effect on SOM
  6. Enumerate the effectiveness of the US local church in accomplishing our mission and vision
  7. Recognize the common problems they will encounter in working with the local church and develop biblical strategies for handling those problems
  8. Develop a wide array of SO activities for the diverse population of the local church

Course 7  |  The History of Sports Outreach (HSO)

Course Purpose: A student to grasp History of Sports Outreach so that you could:

  1. Learn to not repeat mistakes
  2. Learn to repeat successes
  3. Identify progress and rejoice in God
  4. Identify possible worldviews in the past and in their ministry

Course Objectives: At the end of the class, each student will be able to:

  1. Delineate the major components SO History from memory
  2. List the key lesson learned from that history
  3. List the potential resulting worldview components and key terms with varying definitions
  4. To easily be grateful for the privilege of being in this History


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