Resources

We get sport from the inside.

Our resources are specially designed for Christians active in competitive sport. Find what you need here, put it into practice, and watch God at work.

The Sunday Sport question

Sunday Sport

We sit down with Rev. Pete Nicholas to discuss the question of Sunday sport and church in our latest podcast.

Eliud Kipchoge and the race of life

Kipchoge's amazing sub two-hour marathon was an amazing feat and one which cannot help but let our minds wander to Hebrews 12 and the call to "run the race."

The Sports Mission Pack

Free resources to reach sportspeople in your local area, with new special World Cup resources for 2019.

Essentials

Key resources for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport

Competing

Resources to help players and coaches grow in Christ as they compete

Speaking

Resources to help you explain why Jesus is good news for players and coaches

What does the Bible say about sport? -

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Graham Daniels and Jonny Reid look at a very simple question - What does the bible actually have to say about sport?

Why you should stay involved in sport

Rugby coach Lois Newcombe shares why she loves to coach and the amazing opportunities it brings to share the gospel

4 tips as you join a new club

How can we, as Christians in sport, make the most of the new opportunity joining a club provides? Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28 to make disciples remains the same, but the place we are doing that, our club, has changed.

She's born to play

With the Women's World Cup, the Netball World Cup and loads more women's sporting events on this summer, there's a huge buzz around women's sport. In all this excitement, is this a bandwagon Christians should be jumping on? Well, it could be argued that the Bible gives us the best foundation for celebrating and encouraging women in sport.

The Cricket World Cup: Pressure to Perform

It’s been a rollercoaster to reach the final of the World Cup for England, with pressure from all sides. Pressure isn’t unique to Morgan’s squad - it’s universal across competitive sport, so how are Christians to respond in these clutch moments?

How do I share my faith with my friends?

Essentials

What does it look like to fully integrate our faith and sport as we seek to encourage sportspeople to believe in Jesus?

How sport and faith fit together

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Because of what Jesus has done, we can understand our sport differently.

How can I be competitive in a godly way?

Competing

Some of us change so much when we compete that we worry that we shouldn’t compete at all. How can we compete in a godly way in our sport?

The Sunday sport conundrum

How can I balance church and sport?

For players, parents and pastors, the issue of whether you should play sport on a Sunday is a difficult one.

"Oi ref!"

How should I treat officials and referees?

We are on the pitch as a player and yet again the decision goes against our team. We start to get caught up in the general chorus of complaint. What do we do as Christians?

Responding to disappointment in a godly way

How can I deal with disappointment well?

Disappointment and sport so often go hand in hand. Poor performances, defeats, injuries, getting dropped, a failure to improve - every sportsperson has experienced one or all of these multiple times. But how are you to respond to such disappointment?

Being fiercely competitive and fiercely humble

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

The player who celebrates too early, or the team that holds a celebratory promotional shoot before then losing the final are subject to derision. All of us are quick to revel in the misplaced pride so often seen in sport.

Living at peace in the midst of battle

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

All match he’d been nipping at your heels, deliberately stepping on your feet, pushing you, elbowing you. The referee doesn’t seem too bothered. But these constant niggling fouls have been getting to you. And this incident is the final straw.

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

Competing

The pressure to perform in sport will have been felt by all of us at some point or other. Whether it is the pressure of a coach, a parent, the crowd. How do we handle pressure as Christians?

How should I treat officials and referees?

Competing

In the heat of competition, we can react negatively both in what we say and in how we act towards an official who has penalised us or - in our eyes - acted unjustly. How are we to understand a godly attitude towards sports officials?

How can I deal with disappointment well?

Competing

There will always be disappointment in sport. But how we navigate these as Christians in competitive sport is an important witness to our faith in Christ.

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

Competing

In sport, coaches, parents and other teammates can encourage us to be proud. Sometimes this is for encouragement but at other times it is done deliberately to inflate our ego. But how should I view my sporting talents and achievements as a Christian?

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

Competing

Without opponents, our sport wouldn’t exist. But how do we love them as our neighbour rather than hate them as our enemy in opposition?

Matthew 25

Why is it essential for me to share my faith?

What is it that motivates you to stand out as a Christian competing in the world of sport?

Colossians 3

How can I be competitive in a godly way?

A key question to ask whenever we reflect on a competitive situation is not ‘did I win or lose?’ but ‘did I glorify God in my attitude and actions?’ This is easier said than done, so how can we do it well?

Genesis 1-3 & Romans 12

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

How does what I read in the Bible fit together with how I play my sport?

What is the relationship between my sport and God?

Essentials

How is playing my sport different as a Christian?

Essentials

Key resources for Christians who play or coach in competitive and elite sport

Competing

Resources to help players and coaches grow in Christ as they compete

Philippians 2

How do I deal with pride as a sportsperson?

How should I view my sporting talents and achievements as a Christian?

1 Peter 2

How should I treat officials and referees?

How are we to understand a godly attitude towards sports officials?

Genesis 2, Romans 12 and Hebrew 10

How can I balance church and sport?

We are often caught between Sunday services and sporting events as, more and more, sport in our culture clashes with timings of church. How do we get the balance right?

1 Peter 5

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

How do we handle pressure as a Christian?

Philippians 1 & 4

How can I deal with disappointment well?

There will always be disappointment in sport. Someone always loses - and that is not taking into account injury, being dropped, not improving, etc. But how we navigate these as Christians in competitive sport is an important witness to our faith in Christ.

Romans 12

How do I act wisely amongst opponents?

Competition is an important part of sport but how are we to view our opponents? Without opponents, our sport wouldn’t exist. But how do we ‘love’ them as our neighbour rather than hate them as our enemy in opposition?

What does the Bible say about...

A series of blogs looking at a number of the top issues sportspeople face

What does the Bible say about sports psychology?

Psychology is a big deal in modern sport. From Steve Peters' now famous 'chimp paradox' to the in-house sports psychologists employed by many professional clubs. Now it is almost as common to have a therapist as it is a personal trainer. What are we to make of this from a Christian point of view?

What does the Bible say about ambition?

What does the Bible say about...

How can I make the most of my sporting talent as a Christian? Can I strive to get to the top, while still following Jesus? `

5 top tips as you move from University to the world of work

Graduating from university and heading into the world of work can prove one of the biggest challenges life throws up. Here are five top tips to help you as you make that transition.

What does the Bible say about coping with pressure?

How can I handle pressure in a godly way?

Why does pressure have such an effect on us, how can we cope with it and does the Bible give us any pointers?

A captivating rivalry we can't ignore

The Ashes is one of sport’s oldest rivalries. As a Christian, how should one respond when healthy sporting rivalry shifts to being characterised by conflict and bad blood?

What does the Bible say about injury?

What does the Bible say about...

There are few harder things to deal with in sport than injury. So how can we approach this perennial enemy as Christians in sport? What does the Bible say about injury?

What does the Bible say about fairness?

What does the Bible say about...

Sport has a love-hate relationship with justice and fairness. On one hand it cannot function without it, but so much debate circles around the many unfair decisions and outcomes. So what does the Bible say about fairness?

What does the Bible say about winning?

What does the Bible say about...

The legendary American football coach Vince Lombardi once said “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”. This might be overstated but have you ever had the nagging feeling that wanting to win is inherently ‘un-Christian’.

What does the Bible say about losing?

What does the Bible say about...

Should Christians be those who recite the old amateur mantra ‘It is not about the winning, but the taking part’? Does ‘turning the other cheek’ mean that we shouldn’t even want to win in the first place?

What does the Bible say about doping?

What does the Bible say about...

Turn to the back pages at the moment and it is difficult to get away from doping scandals. How as Christians should we think about these issues?

What does the Bible say about sport?

Films to show at an event

To see how someone can move from being a Christian who plays sport to being a Christian in sport, let’s see what the Bible says about sport.

What does the Bible say about sport?

What does the Bible say about...

The Bible says lots of things...but what, if anything, does it say about sport?

Born to Play

Films to show at an event

A short film explaining the gospel for sportspeople