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Sport and Fitness Leadership Certificate Core Classes
Sports Ministry Models
This course begins with a historical overview of the use of sports in Christian evangelism and discipleship (e.g. athletic metaphors of the Apostle Paul, the “Muscular Christianity” of the Victorian era, and the contemporary Sports Ministry movement), along with biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations for sports ministry (a theology of competition, victory, unity, character formation, and sportsmanship). Students then explore a variety of proven methods and models for using sports to share Christ with youth and adults (church leagues, sports mission trips, training camps, and clinics). Successful sports ministry programs serve as case studies providing ideas, lessons, and inspiration for their own outreach efforts. Participants learn about resources and organizations that promote sports ministry (such as the Association of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes), as well as professional opportunities in the field.
Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards for Sports Professionals
This culminating course for the Sport & Fitness Leadership Major focuses on legal, ethical, and professional standards for sports professionals. It gives attention to issues related to church, school, and community settings.
Choose two electives
Choose two from the following:
Organization & Administration of Athletic Programs
Principles of Sport Marketing
Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning
Health & Fitness Testing, Evaluation, & Prescription
Introduction to Coaching