The past two week’s blogs have discussed the fact some churches are considering eliminating their Sports Outreach due to financial pressures and because they haven’t seen the results hoped for:
This week’s blog will continue this discussion by exposing two myths associated with evangelism: a) preaching = evangelism and b) sports evangelism is about giving ‘high profile athletes” a “platform” for speaking. Ensuing weeks will analyze the commitment needed to do the hard work of evangelism and also discuss how to maximize a church’s Sports Outreach missional opportunities for church growth and evangelism
I. Myth #1 – Preaching = Evangelism
I was consulting with a leading church…
The Lead Pastor was emphatic…“Evangelism can only come through the preaching of the Word. Let’s have none of this ‘tom-foolery’ about gym evangelism!”
Dr. Greg Linville was one of the founding members of CSRM and has served as the Executive Director since 2000. He served for 15 years as a local church sports and recreation minister and coached over 30 years at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels as well as 30 years in rec. leagues. Dr. Linville has consulted with churches from Australia, Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand and North America. He was awarded the world's first honorary Doctorate in Sports Ministry and holds an earned Doctorate as well. He is the author of Christmanship: The Theology of Competition & Sport. Dr. Greg has been married for over 35 years, is the father of two married children and the grandfather of a growing number of grandchildren.