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Building Bridges Into Culture Through Sport.

As followers of Christ, we are called to reach out into culture with the good news of the gospel. But often we find ourselves at a loss to know how to cross difficult cultural barriers in a natural way. The answer to this dilemma is simple – through the bridge provided by sports!

 

Every culture loves to play and sports is a language that connects us all. We have discovered that through sport we can go anywhere in the world and share a common passion. This is the connection that begins relationship and bridges culture.

 

The ReadySetGO conference trains sports leaders, pastors and others with a passion for sport to cross this bridge across culture and establish the relationships that will open the dialogue for the good news.

What Is Sports Ministry?

Sport ministry utilizes the ready-made highway of sport to promote the gospel, to disciple believers and to sharpen the life lessons that sport can provide.

 

Background

Over 20 years ago a partnership was formed to help those in different sport ministries connect and build each other up. In over 140 countries, we model successful strategies, train leaders and network to establish partnerships.

Aims

There are nine strategic strategies that are designed to serve each segment of the people of sport, from evangelism to chaplaincy, from discipleship to leadership. Sports ethics and management are also explored with a view to enhancing individual athletes and coaches, camps, leagues and major sport events.

Heart Values

What we do?
Proclaim the gospel
Make disciples
Obey the Bible
Where we do it?
In and through the church
In sport and play
In every country every community
How we do it?
In teams
As servants
By partnering

Why

2017 Conference Dates
Spring Level 1 April 6th-8th
Fall Level 1 October 31st-November 4th
Fall Level 2 October 27th-November 4th

Testimonies

Just a few stories from our friends and partners all around the world.
I am so thankful for my time at Bridge Conference level 2. I loved how we went deeper into the topics and really bonded as a group.  Wendy and Debbie did a terrific job facilitating and training us.  It was such an added blessing to have several of the international partners come and do some of the training.  It made it so much more rich to hear their testimonies and learn from them.  It was good that we had time to play sports and have lunch with the Level 1 students.

Janet Wiest - Peru

2017-01-17T18:12:46+00:00

Janet Wiest - Peru

I am so thankful for my time at Bridge Conference level 2. I loved how we went deeper into the topics and really bonded as a group.  Wendy and Debbie did a terrific job facilitating and training us.  It was such an added blessing to have several of the international partners come and do some View Full →
Level 2 training was so eye opening.  I enjoyed Level 1 immensely but doing deeper into content in Level 2 was amazing.  Connecting with several people I had attended Level 1 with was also great.  The international facilitators and teachers that came in made such a huge impact.  Their stories, testimonies and experience brought all the teaching together and gave us such a richer understanding of all we can do in the World of Sport.  I would highly recommend both Level 1 and 2 training to anyone involved with kids, youth and sports in you church or community.  You will leave these training with such a wealth of knowledge and so many tools in your belt to take back and use in your work.

Miki Montoya - Oceanside, CA

2017-01-17T18:13:23+00:00

Miki Montoya - Oceanside, CA

Level 2 training was so eye opening.  I enjoyed Level 1 immensely but doing deeper into content in Level 2 was amazing.  Connecting with several people I had attended Level 1 with was also great.  The international facilitators and teachers that came in made such a huge impact.  Their stories, testimonies and experience brought all the teaching together View Full →
I really appreciated the Diversity of Trainers – it was great to hear from people from all over the world.    Lunchtime sports break – it was so much fun to release energy and get to know others. My brain would’ve exploded without the breaks. Evening outing to the beach/watching Invictus – it was so special to hang out together after hours. It allowed us to get to know Level 1 better. High Energy Training – loved the experiential component as usual. Team Building – the chosen activities enabled us to draw near as a team and feel comfortable learning together. Morning Devotions – especially the “Where is your Chair?”  It was such a welcoming environment from the delicious meals to the amazing accommodations provided. The organizing of the rides too and from the airport as well as from the host home to the conference each day was a blessing.

Jenna Ibrahim - Canada

2017-01-17T18:13:58+00:00

Jenna Ibrahim - Canada

I really appreciated the Diversity of Trainers – it was great to hear from people from all over the world.    Lunchtime sports break – it was so much fun to release energy and get to know others. My brain would’ve exploded without the breaks. Evening outing to the beach/watching Invictus – it was so special to hang out together View Full →
Sports Outreach has opened the door for my church to serve our community through events such as Kids Games. As a result of the success of Kids Games in Egypt and the community approval, I was asked to be the Chairman for the volunteer committee for the 2006 Africa Cup. Praise God for this open door for the Gospel!

Maged Fawzy, Egypt

2014-06-03T00:37:44+00:00

Maged Fawzy, Egypt

Sports Outreach has opened the door for my church to serve our community through events such as Kids Games. As a result of the success of Kids Games in Egypt and the community approval, I was asked to be the Chairman for the volunteer committee for the 2006 Africa Cup. Praise God for this open View Full →
In 2002 in Norfolk, UK, John Bussell, the Sports director at Diss Christian Community Church, ran a three day football (soccer) course for 6 to 11 year old boys and girls. He involved church members in the organization of the course and the coaching responsibilities. He also invited specialists from the community to assist. By 2005, his numbers had risen to 150 and many strong contacts had been made with families. Other sports besides football had also been included, but more important was the fact that the relationships formed enabled his church to plant a church in the nearby town of Harleston directly from the course contacts. This shows that Sports ministry is integral to church growth.

Bryan Mason, CSRM – U.K.

2014-06-02T23:39:20+00:00

Bryan Mason, CSRM – U.K.

In 2002 in Norfolk, UK, John Bussell, the Sports director at Diss Christian Community Church, ran a three day football (soccer) course for 6 to 11 year old boys and girls. He involved church members in the organization of the course and the coaching responsibilities. He also invited specialists from the community to assist. By View Full →
St. John’s church outside of Edinburgh developed a cohesive strategy for reaching a certain community for Christ. For the previous five years, their limited investment in evangelism had not yielded much fruit. The motivation, training and methodology of Sports Ministry were installed and the church over time saw direct fruit. Families were being reached, children were being reached and young adult males were finding their way to the church. Sports build bridges into communities.

Steve Connor, Sports Outreach International 

2014-06-03T00:45:05+00:00

Steve Connor, Sports Outreach International 

St. John’s church outside of Edinburgh developed a cohesive strategy for reaching a certain community for Christ. For the previous five years, their limited investment in evangelism had not yielded much fruit. The motivation, training and methodology of Sports Ministry were installed and the church over time saw direct fruit. Families were being reached, children View Full →
A shrinking church in California had a desire to reach young families. To reach these families they decided to offer a youth basketball league – at which family members would participate. They focused their outreach efforts on building relationships with the adult family members. Much of this was done through activities and hospitality services. Testimonies were given to the parents at half-time. They also held a very attractive closing ceremony. At this event they shared the Gospel clearly and gave people an opportunity to make decisions to trust Christ. Over the first six years of the league over 1000 adults indicated they made first-time decisions for Christ. Many of these were assimilated into the life of a church. As a result, the church grew significantly. Another result was that the church experienced a considerable change in its demographic makeup – it became more like its community.

Steve Quatro, Sports Outreach L.A. 

2014-06-03T00:36:36+00:00

Steve Quatro, Sports Outreach L.A. 

A shrinking church in California had a desire to reach young families. To reach these families they decided to offer a youth basketball league – at which family members would participate. They focused their outreach efforts on building relationships with the adult family members. Much of this was done through activities and hospitality services. Testimonies View Full →