God's work in the world of sport: Summer 2017

Date posted: 22/08/17

God's work in the world of sport: Summer 2017


The photos above are from some of the events we have been supporting in recent months

Christians in sport are reaching out with the gospel where God has placed them. Here’s a collection of recent stories we hope encourage and inspire you.

I’d been part of rugby teams all my life, but this year was the first time I’d really felt able to share my faith with my teammates. God really blessed me with a close group of guys that I had genuine personal friendships with, which made sharing the gospel with them so natural. I ended up having some friends over for a Dialogue Dinner, where Christians in Sport staff member Mike Harris gave a gospel talk, and met up one-to-one with one guy to read through the Bible. Whilst the journey’s not over yet, it was so encouraging to see God working in a place I’d never really opened up to Him before.

Dan Viner, Bristol University Rugby Club

God's work in the world of sport: Summer 2017


Ballymena Academy Team Challenge

Through being involved in Christians in Sport events for five years now, it has made me realise just how big the mission field in the world of sport is. After listening to Allen McCluggage (Northern Irish staff worker) share at my church one Sunday evening, God gave me a vision to see Christians in Sport brought to the sports fields of rugby mad and hockey driven Ballymena Academy. With a good support network of others behind me, we were able to run a team challenge event, open to the whole school. We had a challenging talk from Allen at the end with pizza to round the evening off. God was so good to us in that we had 14 teams, with just over 110 people attending, which meant that 110 people heard the gospel of Jesus and got to play the sport which each of them greatly enjoyed.

Rebecca Orr, Ballymena Academy

We started the year with a fairly small group, with three maybe four people at our meetings, but we’ve been gaining momentum since then, getting to know each other and supporting and praying for each other. For the first time two members from our group attended Christians in Sport’s student conference Clubhouse Xtra in January which spurred us on to see Jesus’ name made great in the world of sport at Aber.

We put on a Sports Quiz, and everyone was faithfully praying for the event and so boldly inviting friends to it. We had 75 people there, many who do not know Jesus. There was a challenging message and some great conversations. Some attended CU mission week events, some have come to church, and some are now reading the Bible with members of our group.

Beth Saunders, Aberyswyth University Ultimate Frisbee Club

Our Sports Quiz night was a resounding success - we were expecting two teams at the start of the week, but we were turning people away by the evening itself. We had over 50 people participating - the majority of them non-church goers. All said how much they enjoyed the quiz - it is a great resource and one we may well run again as there was talk among our guests of when we would do another. Andrew Wingfield Digby’s talk was brilliant. We are praying for take up on the follow-on events, but feel we have taken ground!

Lara Froud, St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bagpuize

God's work in the world of sport: Summer 2017The Church of England’s Ministry of Sport scheme is up and running in Blackburn Diocese following a launch at Preston North End Football Club. Designed to help local churches share the gospel in and through sport, the initiative is being rolled out across the country and is backed by Christians in Sport. Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, is fully supportive and attended the launch.

He said: “I want to see us maximise opportunities sport presents to us for meeting and serving people while sharing something of the gospel of Christ through sporting activity.”

Keith McIntosh (pictured), one of the driving forces behind the Ministry of Sport in Lancashire, is an active member of St Andrew’s Church in Leyland, and has been involved with Christians in Sport for over three decades.

He said: “The positive aspects of sport can benefit everyone – specifically those aligned to integrity, honesty and fairness, which are the basis of the gospel. Team members – including me – are available to visit parishes and explain how they can use sporting activities in their mission work and reach the world of sport for Christ.”

Blackburn Diocese

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