Simple and Organic Sports Ministry
Pray – Play – Say
Blog from Steve Quatro. Fourth and final blog in this series.
Principle 3: Intentionally and thoughtfully share with lost people about God.
In a “typical” church sports ministers’ training gathering, significant time is spent on this principle – that is, how to appropriately share with the participants about God. However, in this setting, the conversations are more organic, as opposed to a “God talk” at halftime of a game. “God talks” connected to a sports/rec activity can be very effective in setting the stage to have significant conversations with people. When the participants may not have registered with you or your church to play in a league, it can be awkward to transition from the game to a conversation about God. Those spiritual and eternally important conversations can happen in a simpler and more natural way. Here are some ideas…
Pray: Pray intentionally and specifically for God to use your efforts to save the lost.
Play: Play with lost people in a way that they see Christ in you.
Say: Say something. When God opens the door to have a spiritual conversation, be bold and loving in your witness.
I pray that God will bless you richly as you employ the bridge of sports to build relationships with people and that you have the privilege of sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus.
This is my fourth and final blog in this series titled Simple and Organic Sports Ministry. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I would love to hear from you; Steve@sportsoutreachla.com.
Steve Quatro is the Executive Director of Sports Outreach Los Angeles (SOLA), former Director of Operations for CSRM and author of the Book Intentional Outreach which can be ordered at:
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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.