Many Sport Outreach Organizations are featured at this web site: http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ss/outreach/ministry/
Team RFC: http://teamrfc.gospelcom.net/
The Sports Channel in partnership with Sports Spectrum magazine and radio, sponsored by RBC Ministries, offers daily features such as sports news and analysis; a free daily sports newsletter; and "The Insider," a sports-related daily devotional featuring insights from Christian athletes in the news. Other features include articles from Sports Spectrum magazine, a question of the day, message boards, sport pages with info about each sport and links to Sports Spectrum radio and other RBC Ministries.
RBC Ministries: http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/
(Also see the info. on their new poster!) They've also got a great outreach booklet for ministry at the World Cup. If you're in Europe contact Jorgen at firstname.lastname@example.org, USA contact Davyd at email@example.com, UK and others not included in the two above groups contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFINITY SPORTS involves Christian sportsmen and sportswomen in international sports ministry. Their focus is on the UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS and Major Gateway Cities in the RESTRICTED ACCESS countries of the 10/40 WINDOW (World A).
Find out how they use sports to bring the Gospel to the 97% of the least evangelized people on the earth. This is a resource site - not an evangelistic site. And it's redemptive analogies and contextualization again!
Light Magazine: http://www.ibs.org/light/
For links to these sports ministries, please go to the web site above and click on the link for Sports Information Directory.
Sports ministries which have tracts:
Athletes in Action
Winning Run Foundation
Atletas de Cristo
Greek Youth Ministry (GYM)
International Christian Cycling Club
John Kregel Ministries
Christian Living Today Magazine
Cross Training Publishing
Athletic Ministries International Inc
Texas Sports Reach
Sports Christian Union International
The home of Sports Spectrum radio show and magazine.
Straight Traks cassettes - cassettes with David Robinson and Reggie White - sort of like an audio testimony tract - links to a lot of Sport ministries which sell tracts.
Toll free: 1 800 548 7228
Tel: (972) 276 9408
Fax: (972) 272 9642
American Tract Society has a few titles of well done sports testimonies tracts. Well written tracts in comic and non comic format on glossy paper. Large selection in a English Spanish and other languages including Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Romanian, Japanese, and French. ATS has new cybertracts, which is an interactive cd-rom. One looks like a comic book.
ATS has evangelism, African American, discipleship, children's tracts, tip cards, marriage and family, sports evangelism, audio tracts, tract displays, door hangers. ATS also has many of the Last Days Ministries tracts.
Links about missions opportunities for architects, athletes, business persons, veterinarians, engineers, teachers, academics, nannies, mechanics, aviation, medical personnel, etc. Many of the agencies organize short-term trips. Some offer long term or even career opportunities. If you can't find what you're looking for yourself, they'll personally tap their resources and database to find some possible matches.
"I knew I had to do this, but I did not know where to start. I put it off for two months...then I felt like Jonah, so I thought I better get going. I started surfing the web and found the Web Evangelism site. I read everything I could, I checked hundreds of links from the site. I then sought out some students from our college who were in studying computer science. I wore them down with numerous questions. Slowly but surely, within 3 months of part-time work our website was on-line and growing.
"I felt I was not qualified or skilled to do this kind of work. But, what I learned was if you are called by God, He qualifies you to do His work. And that is a tremendous blessing!"
Take time to look round this excellent site. Note the way that sporting needs are gently pointed in a spiritual direction. See the carefully-chosen Bible verses at the top of the front page - but they don't LOOK like Bible verses because they are wisely offered without references after them! They appear therefore, at first sight, to be motivational statements (as indeed, of course, they are).
TO THE NEXT LEVEL: http://www.tothenextlevel.org/
Secular articles about St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner:
However, none of these are designed as primarily evangelistic vehicles - they are mainly for Christians to read. The only one I noticed (sorry if I missed any) which is written to be evangelistic and particularly accessible to non-Christians as well as Christians, is CrossWalk's SPORTS CHANNEL (which also includes the hosted ATHLETES IN ACTION and SPORTS SPECTRUM MAGAZINE:
So the field remains wide open - there is enormous potential for developing sport-related evangelistic pages! No one has attempted an outreach site around a specific sport, team, or international competition.
A young friend of mine came by to watch the [World Cup] game with me. A few weeks before I had given her all the stuff on you and your faith that I had hard-copied off your website. We have been talking about God for a couple of months now. I have been sharing my life and faith with her. After the game, [my friend] asked more about God and you and overcoming adversity. She has been on the streets for a few years. I pulled up your Real Audio clips on the Internet. She listened intently and she prayed that prayer with you, Michelle. I had never seen her smile until she prayed and began to grin. The young lady received Christ across the bridge of sports evangelism. The Internet is a powerful tool for evangelism of all types, including sports. Some key sites and their purpose include:
An evangelistic sports website with the testimonies of approximately 400 athletes, as well as timely feature stories. This site, created by Dave Hood of Genesis One design in Seattle, is a great tool for kids or adults to share their faith with friends by showing them the life stories of their favorite athletes. The site received 135,000 hits in June and is being promoted by various athletes, including Akers, who wore a www.thegoal.com wristband during the women's World Cup.
Your comprehensive guide to the church and para-church agencies doing sports evangelism around the world. Check out the sports information directory to find details on resources, organizations, church ministries and sports persons. Other site highlights include event outreach information, planning guides and postings for staff needs. For information on Major Sports Evangelism Partnership, go to http://www.sportsoutreach.org/msep/
The official website of Athletes in Action.
The official website of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The official website of Sports Spectrum magazine.
Michelle Akers' website.
Michelle Akers is Founder of Soccer Outreach International, an organization that helps to create movements and resources for individuals, agencies and churches to teach people around the world how to integrate faith and sport into their daily lives.
David Robinson's website.
Fans of auto racing, motocross, powerboat racing and other motorized sports are racing to the Internet these days. In March, NASCAR's official website garnered nearly 1.5 million visitors, and hundreds of fans are creating sites for their favorite drivers, riders or teams. One ministry attempting to reach out to this audience with the message of Christianity is Motor Sports Outreach ( http://www.go2mro.com/ ). With testimonies from racing stars like Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Darrell Waltrip and others, MRO's website is an extension of the ministry's outreach efforts on and off the race track.
We hope MRO's online ministry really takes off and travels fast with the good news. Motor Sports Outreach is not only a great pit stop along the information superhighway, but also our E-vangelism Site of the Week for the week of May 14, 2001.
Bethany House: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/