TODAY’S YOUTH FACE MANY STRUGGLES: religious and cultural identity, poverty, gangs, sexuality, conflict, drugs, alcohol, abuse, and broken relationships. How can the Church help young people address these issues and reach out to those living and dying without Jesus?
Sports serve as a powerful and effective tool for building relationships and sharing the gospel. Through relationships first built on the sports field, Sports Friends-trained coaches from the local Church are bringing hope to youth and their families. Much more than a sports coach, these “life coaches” are mentoring and loving young people, leading them to Christ and helping them walk as mature disciples of Jesus. By God’s grace, lives are being transformed, new churches established, and entire communities strengthened!
"Prior to following Christ, I was a gang leader involved in every kind of violence and trouble. My life first began to change when a Sports Friends leader became my soccer coach. He loved me and told me about Jesus. Today, I serve as a sports ministry leader in my church. Many of my former gang members are playing soccer and volleyball with me and are coming to church. God is changing their lives and He's using sports to do it!" - Sports ministry leader, Ethiopia
To see a global movement of local church-centered sports ministries transforming lives and strengthening communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To equip churches in Africa, Asia, and South America to make disciples of youth, their families, and their communities through strategic sports ministry.