Local Church Sports, Recreation & Fitness Ministry
A most insidious disconnect exists on a core Level #1 Theological Truth. This disconnect is in reference to evangelism and is closely connected to the theological area officially designated Soteriology – the theology of salvation. When properly understood, this disconnect will explain to both local church and Para-ministry leaders why they are often at logger-heads with each other, and why their evangelistic efforts are often not successful.
This subtle, insidious disconnect lies in the fact that Church and ministry leaders compartmentalize evangelism and discipleship into separate endeavors, rather than viewing the two in conjunction with each other and perceiving them as a unified, whole continuum. There is a huge difference between viewing The Church’s primary task to be the dual efforts of Evangelism and Discipleship, as opposed to a single-focused and unified effort. I describe this single-focused effort by the term: “Evangelistic-disciplemaking.” I believe this is a distinction with a profound difference, and becomes clearly seen as it is manifested in the divergence of the two approaches as practiced by sports-related para-ministries and local churches.
The next blog will describe the difference between seeking “decisions for a day” and “going to make life-long disciples” and its relevance to Local Church Sport, Rec & Fitness Ministry
This blog is an excerpt from chapter #2 of Dr. Linville's yet to be released book – Sports Ministry Fundamentals. All rights reserved. For any reproduction right, including copying, computer reproduction, etc. contact:
Dr. Greg Linville at CSRM International C/O The World Outreach Center 5350 Broadmoor Circle N. w. Canton, Ohio – USA 44709 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other blogs and articles on Local Church Sports, sports theology and ethics written by Dr. Greg Linville and other local church Sports, Rec & Fitness Ministers are archived at: http://www.csrm.org/blog/archives/05-2016
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.