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Sports Ministry Certification - #5: Commitment To Being The Best Sports, Rec & Fitness Minister You Can Be!
In the introductory class for sports and recreation administration, the students in my class at Ole Miss learn about the importance of professionalism in the field. I instruct the students to gain as much professional experience as they can during their time at the university. I know the experiences, combined with network connections, and education will give them the best opportunity to join the profession.
Another important aspect of this particular lecture is the value of certification. Many employers in the secular field of sports and recreation administration desire the certification. Many of our students go after the Certified Park and Recreation Professional sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association. Others pursue a Certified Recreational Sports Specialist offered by the National Intramural and Recreational Sport Association. In the secular field, certification can be the difference in being hired or not. As the ministry field of sports and recreation continues to gain influence, certification will be just as important to show on one’s resume.
Students gain the affirmation that certification, experience, and networking are components of the path toward professionalism. One gains the same sense of professionalism with the sports and recreation ministry certification. The certification demonstrates one’s dedication to the profession and spells out the sacrifices taken to obtain the validation in the field. Certification requires some additional hours of reading, listening, viewing, and learning from the experts in the field.
The last step in developing the level of desired professionalism comes in attending workshops, conferences, and seminars. The aspect of continuing education and the learning process is key to maintaining one’s professionalism. A value of the sports and recreation ministry certification is that to maintain certification one must complete five hours of Continuing Education Units per year. One can complete the five-hour units in one ReachGathering conference or regional CSRM workshops.
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This blog is the 5th in a series on Sports Ministry Certification written by Professor David Waddell. All rights reserved. For any reproduction right, including copying, computer reproduction, etc. contact:
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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.