Staying Up To Date
John Wooden once said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts.” This statement is a great description of the need for certification. A good number of sports and recreation ministry leaders have been through an academic program with the rigor of learning the philosophical and practical part of sports and recreation leadership. Others have the school of experience working in their favor. Both “educations” are a beginning of the process and not an end in themselves.
My calling into this ministry area came early enough that I was able to get an undergraduate degree in recreation administration and a concentration in my master’s degree to include church recreation. Through the years in a variety of conferences, workshops, webinars, books, and articles I have learned so much more to assist me in this work. If I were to operate the sports and recreation ministry in the same manner as I did at my seminary graduation, I would soon become obsolete and ineffective as a ministry leader. While our message remains the same, the methods and processes of delivering ministry programs to our church and community have changed. Certification and the Continuing Education Unit system keeps leaders learning new methods to meet the needs of the people under their watch and demonstrates a desire to learn, grow, and improve. You will gain new skills and knowledge, confirm proficiency, and increase your competency.
The Sports and Recreation Ministry Certification provides a reminder of the “3-Tier Paradigm” of theological, philosophical, and methodological avenues that is helpful in providing the purpose and mission of the ministry. One of the benefits of certification is the meaningful continuing education units one can receive to maintain certification. By attending workshops and conferences such as REACHgathering, regional CSRM workshops, attending CSRM/CSO webinars, and other assorted learning experiences one gains the CEUs necessary to keep “learning after they know it all.”
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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.