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The fifth volume of the Institute of Sports Ministry Series. Will The Sports Outreach Community continue to organize and administrate the same old sports and fitness programs or will it choose to embrace a radical re-envisioning of missional sports outreach? Are sports ministers satisfied to run the same old leagues or will they boldly decide to engage in a catalytic re-inventing of reaching those far from Jesus through sports? Are fitness ministers content with large numbers of participants in their fitness ministry who improve their physical health; or will they commit to gospel-centric, Evangelistic-Disciplemaking that will enable not only physical fitness but more so, enable those far from Jesus to embrace Him as Savior. Are sports ministers content to have buildings that are filled with activity; or do they long for Holy Spirit empowered missional outreach. Are you directing a morning-to-evening sports and activity ministry or mobilizing missional sports outreach for eternity?
The overwhelming majority of SR&F outreach ministers deeply desire to “go and make disciples" and this book is written for each one of them. It is written for all who want to transform their sports activities and fitness programs into a dynamic missional sports outreach.
The future of the Sports Outreach Movement depends upon a “sail-adjusted,” refocusing on mission that can only occur if it truly comprehends missiology (the theology of missional outreach) and know how to apply its principles to envision how to organize and structure SR&F outreach ministry that is truly a Strategically-Relevant and Efficiently-Effective mission that reaches those far from Jesus and His Church.
It is hoped that each and every reader will embrace the vision for this book and choose to become missional in all they do.
“It is my joy and honor to recommend Greg Linville to you as a writer and most importantly as a person. He embodies the principles he preaches in this book. Dr. Greg’s heart for the Word of God as the transformational agent in our missional endeavors will challenge and encourage all. Thank you Greg for always pointing us to the Living Word and His Gospel.”
— Jay Martin, Veteran Local Church Sports Minister, 1990 NCAA National Football Champ - Georgia Tech
"In this, his most recent book Dr. Greg Linville slays some of sports ministry sacred cows that have been grazing while protected for many years under the banner of “but we’ve always done it this way.” The Church can’t afford to wait for the reins of sports, rec & fitness ministries to be pried from the “cold dead hands,” of the Boomer generation who have led for the past 40 years. Millennial and Gen Z leaders will receive a mega-dose of theological ammunition that will guide the needed change to re-envision missions. Linville’s at his best when he calls local congregations of The Church to engage in missions that are laser focused on going to: “Make Disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that I (Jesus) have commanded you.” Dr. Greg’s decades of knowledge and involvement in local church sports ministry will enable all readers to engage in truly Strategically-Relevant & Efficiently-Effective mission in the present and future."
— Dr. Timothy Conrad, Founder Uncharted Waters/UW Sports Ministry, South Carolina