Sports Ministry Core Value #4 – Discipleship

I love to coach basketball, and as a coach I cheer for teams with great coaches. During March Madness I root for Coach K at Duke, Coach Rick Pitino at Louisville, Coach Lute Olson at Arizona, Roy Williams at UNC, Billy Donovan of the National Champion Florida Gators, and the list goes on. The one thing about great coaches is that they all have played for or coached under a great coach during their formative years.

The same is true of disciples of Christ. During our formative years as a new believer we need to be discipled by a great coach. In sports outreach ministry, one of the greatest examples that I can give is in a children’s summer football camp. Each day the camp director can disciple the believers by giving a “character lesson”. Lessons on everything from attitude, to effort, and even humility can encourage believers and draw non-believers at the same time. In fact, we can disciple the believers in a way that captures the attention of the non-believers. If your coaches are involved in and understand the importance of using their influence as a coach to encourage young believers then you have made great strides in the area of discipleship as a core value.

I can hear the words of my high school and middle school coaches when I think back to my days in school and I know you can too. Now imagine if those words that you remember were for the purpose of spiritual formation, as well. What a great opportunity coaches have in the lives of their players! Let’s use that influence for Christ!


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