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CSRM Certification - A Professional Necessity For Sport, Rec & Fitness Ministers
Fancy Letters After Your Name
When “MD” follows a name there is an instant level of respect given to the person. The letters represent that this person is a Medical Doctor. They have worked many years at a high level to obtain such a reward as those letters represent. One of the highlights of higher education and certification is the number of letters one gets to post after their name on signatures, letterhead, and important documents. A “PhD” or “EdD” means this person spent extra time, money, and trouble to gain a level of education not afforded to everyone. Like an earned degree, one places certification letters following their name in order to demonstrate the credibility and quality the certification upholds.
I was delighted when I completed the certification for myself because it removed some suspicion about my degrees. The letters for degrees and certification come in their importance. For example, a PhD would be listed first, then other degrees followed by certifications. My degrees include a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Religious Education. The master degree, listed first, makes my signature appear like this:
David Waddell MORE BS.
Those that know me well might agree with the appropriateness of my signature. It is easy to see why the addition of a Sports Ministry Certification for a Sport and Recreation Minister can be helpful for me. Joking aside, the letters or initials behind the name lets others know you have earned the right to be in the position of sports and recreation ministry. Certification provides the fulfillment of standards, learning of techniques, and fundamentals of programming established. It is more than just a bragging fact, the certification should tell your church and your pastor that you are “called out” to sports and recreation ministry in a similar fashion to the apostles being “called out” to their service.
Those letters become more than “decoration.” The certification letters that follow your name signify a commitment to the sports and recreation ministry field. They demonstrate a leader that is not resting on his or her laurels. They exhibit the felt need to gain the credibility in the field that comes with the completion of the certification process.
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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.