CSRM established itself as a champion of local Church & Recreation Ministers in the mid 1980’s and continues to grow and evolve as the leader in helping local churches reach their communities and world. The Board of Directors and staff continually challenge themselves to respond to the needs of Church Recreators and Sports Ministers by constantly re-evaluating what it means to be relevant yet…
Our vision remains “changed lives.” The end goal and ultimate purpose of CSRM is to see individual lives being redeemed through a personal relationship with Christ and through those changed lives, see entire communities revitalized including restored: marriages, families, cities and countries.
Our mission remains to “equip local churches.” CSRM exists to: Train, equip and resource local church staff and volunteers, mobilizing them to build bridges in their communities using sport, recreation and leisure activities for the purpose of leading people into a personal relationship with Christ
Our four-fold “C” strategy
CONFERENCING – the annual summit, regional gathering, affinity groups
CONNECTIONS – Sports Outreach Leadership Development (SOLD) groups & bringing members, churches and partners together
CONSULTING – Mobilizing individual churches through personalized consulting and mentoring
CERTIFICATION - The world’s premier and only professional Sports Minister Certification along with the initiation, development and facilitation of Sports Outreach Ministry Degrees in Universities and Colleges
Thus, as CSRM enters into a new decade of equipping the local church we sincerely pledge ourselves to work passionately in the present, building on our solid past to envision the future of local church outreach.
For example, a few minor additions to our website are designed to continue CSRM’s commitment to equip the local church to change lives include monthly:
Book Reviews – Look for concise overviews of the latest literature relevant to local church Sports and Recreation Ministers and/or research on topics such as faith-sport integration, leadership, ministry, outreach and more. Send us your suggestions of literature to review.
Executive Director Blogs – Look for information on current trends, changes, news and updates in the field of local church Sports and Recreation Ministry from the Executive Director of CSRM
Guest Blogs – Look for contributions from other members and leaders in the field of local church sports and recreation. Be sure to recommend an article that has helped you, suggest a topic you’d like insight or information on, or a person you’d like to hear from.
Preferred Partner Updates – Look for periodic highlights of those groups, businesses, resources, services and ministries which have committed to providing CSRM members with “real” discounts on products, resources and services. CSRM staff and Board members save each CSRM member countless hours of frustration by doing the research into those who provide high quality services and products at the most economical rates. No more having to spend hours on the internet or phone trying to satisfy a local church finance boards demands for “three bids.” CSRM does all the work so our members can be assured all who “make the Preferred Partners cut” will out produce all competitors.
Job & Resume Postings – Looking for a ministry position? Does your church need to hire someone? Post your opportunity or your desire for an opportunity.
Resources – Look for CSRM’s website to continue to provide relevant resources for on-line purchasing.
Connections – Look for updates on all the information a Sports and Rec Minister needs including S.O.L.D. communications
We encourage you to browse our website as a regular part of your “surfing.” We also welcome your suggestions for how we can make the web more effective for you. Be sure to send us your contributions for web material.
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.