Introduction to Sport Ministry Outreach – SMGT 312

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will explain the inter-relationships between sport and religion while examining the impact of muscular Christianity and sport ministry in North America. Tools and guidelines for preparing, organizing and administering a sport ministry program will also be examined.


SMGT 200 and SMGT 201


Sport and religion have been connected for thousands of years. At various times, sport has used and has been used by different religions. Sport provides today’s Christian with a platform for ministry in a relevant and nonthreatening manner. This happens at the international and local levels. Those who wish to minister in a postmodern culture must realize that sport is one of the most effective means of outreach that the Christian possesses. The successful sport minister will understand the background of sport and religion and the skills necessary for utilizing sport as a ministry tool.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between sport and religion from a historical perspective.
  2. Evaluate the impact of the muscular Christianity movement in Western culture.
  3. Describe the various organizations that currently utilize sport for evangelism and discipleship purposes.
  4. Explain the legal issues that are pertinent to religious and sport activity.
  5. Identify the qualifications necessary for effective sport ministers.
  6. Explain the basic function of a sport ministry.
  7. Design a plan to manage events, facilities, and programs within the context of a sport ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Written Assignments (2)

The student will write a 2-3 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on an assigned topic. Each paper must include at least 2 scholarly sources in addition to the assigned readings and the Bible.

Research Paper

The student will research the strategic foundation for a sport ministry. The paper must be 3–5 pages, contain a minimum of 2 sources in addition to the Bible, and conform to current APA standards.

F. Portfolio

The student will provide a description of the administration, logistics, and planning for a sport ministry project of the student’s choice. The portfolio must be 5-7 pages, contain at least 4 scholarly sources, and conform to current APA standards.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 15-minute time limit.