Share the Gospel Using Sports Illustrations

Stonebriar Community Church’s Baseball/Softball Camp was this week and I knew today was the day that the gospel would be presented. I could not wait for the Sports Outreach Director to give me a call. I was the first person he called to tell me all about the exciting events of the day.

First of all, he began the camp day focused on explaining to the campers the concept of sacrifice. As a captivating illustration he told the story of the college softball player who hit a home run recently and tore her ACL while running the bases. The only way for her to get credit for the first home run of her career was for the players on the other team to sacrifice what ended up being their postseason hopes to help the other team score runs by carrying the injured player around the bases lowering her just enough to touch the base until they all reached home.

As Coach C was telling the story two coaches carried a college student around the bases allowing him to touch each base for what was a creative and amazing way to communicate sacrifice. Coach C knew that he would later in the day refer back to that illustration when he spoke of the gospel, the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When it was time to communicate the gospel to the campers, Coach C continued Continue reading


Sports Ministry 101

Check out the new navigation on the left as you read this (SPORTS MINISTRY 101). To take you around the SP horn, Sports Ministry 101 will be the home for everything from how to start a Sports Outreach Ministry to Sports Ministry Core Values. Coming soon will be a Summer Sports Camps Guide for those looking to try a sports outreach event for the children in your community this summer. This will also be the place to ask any sports ministry questions you may have as you seek to create a sports ministry at your church.

Worth Reading — Barna, Driscoll, and Stetzer

Here are my selections for reading during the month of May…what are yours?

Revolution: Finding Vibrant Faith Beyond the Walls of the Sanctuary
by George Barna

Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from Emerging Missional Church
by Mark Driscoll

Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age
by Ed Stetzer

Check out the left side navigation bar for book covers and links…