Young sports leaders gather for week of learning

Sports ministry picA group of young sportsmen took part in Pre-Season, a week-long residential programme designed to explore faith and witness in the world of sport.

It was organised by The Ministry of Sport which works with churches across Southwell & Nottingham, helping them to reach communities through sport and equipping sporty Christians to witness through sport, be it as a player, official or armchair fan.

The event was organised by Rob Taylor, diocesan Sport Ambassador, and sports intern Ben Wildman. Rob said: “We wanted to use the experience and know-how we’ve picked up along the way to equip others from across the country with a week’s free sports ministry training.

“We wanted Christians who love sport to be well prepared to justify their involvement in sport to those in their church, and to skilfully articulate the Good News to the culture of sport.”

One of the guest speakers during the week was Ian Lancaster, UK co-ordinator of Christians in Sport, who led a session on being a Christian witness in the world of sport.

Training topics included the biblical basis for sports ministry, understanding historical Christian engagement/disengagement with sport, models of sports evangelism and much more.

One of those who took part, Edd Smith, 20, said: “We have looked at how you develop relationships, getting to know people until you get to the point where you can talk about Christ.”

Daniel Neath, 22, who is studying at Dundee University, said: “It has been really good as I would love to work with kids and sport in the future. It has also encouraged and equipped me to be a good ambassador in my own team.”

Somchai Tongkao, 31, from Thailand, said: “We looked at how to make disciples through sports ministry, in teams and in the community.”

For more information on the Ministry of Sport, and a list of exciting forthcoming events, go to: http://www.ministryofsport.org.uk