20 February 2017
Can your church reach the 10 million people who play sport a week?
Sports tournaments, quizzes and assemblies are just some of the ideas a Christian charity has for using sport to evangelise to communities this year.
Alliance member Christians in Sport have launched a new collection of resources to help churches reach the 10 million people who play sport each week in the UK.
With 150,000 sports clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Christians in Sport is passionate about bringing the gospel to these sportspeople.
Released this month, the pack is available for free for churches, and includes a multimedia sports quiz, plans for assemblies, guides on how to run sports tournaments, a new evangelistic film and more.
Ian Lancaster, Christians in Sport's UK team leader, said: "This is a resource that will help Christian sportspeople and churches, who are engaging in their local clubs and teams, share the gospel with some of the millions of sportspeople in this country."
Last year, 500 people downloaded the first Sports Mission Pack. The charity has improved the 2017 pack and added new content.
The pack contains everything churches and Christian groups need to put on a variety of events and encourage their congregations to get involved.
The Christians in Sport staff team are also able to provide support at events, so those who download the pack are encouraged to get in touch if that is something they would like.
This year looks set to be another massive year of sport, with the Six Nations, Wimbledon, the British & Irish Lions rugby union tour and the World Athletics Championships in London.
The pack references these events, and they offer a useful hook to promote these events, as churches could run a sports quiz during Wimbledon or mark the Lions' visit to New Zealand by hosting a tag rugby tournament. However, the charity says the resources in the Sports Mission Pack can really be used at any time.
Download the pack by visiting the website here.
As a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Christians in Sport is one of 600 organisations supported by the Alliance. We facilitate members' initiatives and campaigns and offer support to increase their impact. Member organisations have an opportunity to speak to the media on behalf of our membership, as we direct media and information enquiries to member organisations best placed to deal with them. The Alliance also provides training for organisations on how to engage with the local government and media.
If you would like your organisation to become a member of the Evangelical Alliance, you can find out more here.