Volume 1 of the OVP Institute of Sports Ministry Series
Christmanship is a Theological; Philosophical; Methodological; Ethical and Historical examination of Competition, Sports and Sports Outreach Ministry. It includes a template for determining Biblically Defensible Sport, seminal explanations and considerations of theologically sound competition & sport and a full explanation of how to worship and honor Christ in and through athletics.
Dr. Greg Linville is a Sports Outreach Ministry visionary, a leading theologian, apologist for sports ministry and a tireless advocate for the local church sports outreach movement. Linville’s sports ministry career began as an urban director for the YMCA and Young Life ministries with inner-city kids and gangs and continued as a highly successful high school and college basketball coach including receiving two Coach of the Year awards for the state of Ohio Athletic Association. Linville’s local church Sports Ministry included 15 years as the director of sports and recreation outreach at an Evangelical Friends Church where he supervised the efforts of over 500 volunteers and a dozen staff and interns reaching over 2,000 people per week. Dr. Greg served as CSRM’s executive director from 1999-2018 and has long been regarded as a leading academician in the sports outreach ministry field including being awarded the world’s first Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in Sports Ministry from Briercrest Seminary as well as completing the first earned doctorate with a concentration in sports outreach. His other academic roles include many years as a tenure-track, assistant professor of ministry and as an adjunct professor at various seminaries, universities and colleges in three different countries. He currently serves as the dean of The AGON Institute of Sports Ministry and as an adjunct professor for South African Theological Seminary (SATS) and Barclay Seminary. In addition to being an author of many articles, an editor for numerous sports ministry manuals, a contributor of chapters to various sports ministry books and hosting a regular CSRM blog he was chosen to write the insert/commentary for the official Olympic Bible given to all Salt Lake City Olympic athletes. His seminal book Christmanship: A Theology of Competition and Sport was published in 2014 by Oliver House Publishing and considered by many the definitive theological foundation for the sports outreach movement. Dr. Greg is currently serving as CSRM’s director of resources and general editor for the Overwhelming Victory Press twelve book series: The Institutes of Local Church Sports Outreach.
Dr. Linville has been a lone voice for over 25 years crying in the wilderness of sport. His cries have been trying to point the Christian view of sport to a theological basis that will build a philosophy of ministry that establishes sound methodological models. Christmanship: A Theology of Competition will put the cries into multiple forms of delivery for all to understand. Tim Conrad /Former Collegiate Athlete and Coach President, UW Sports Ministry Hilton Head, South Carolina
Christmanship: a theology of competition and sport is crystal clear, biblically informed and full of wisdom. This is what we have come to expect from Dr. Greg Linville. Greg is a man who has given his body, his mind and more importantly, his heart to the field of sports ministry for more than 30 years. Read this book. Its more than a book about sports ministry, it's insight into Greg Linville, a man worth getting to know. Rob Burns /Former Professional Soccer Player Dallas Stars Missional Leadership Consultant - Evangelical Alliance Cardiff, Wales, UK.