Last updated 18th February 2019
The ‘Ministry of Sport’ was created in 2015 by Bishop Tony Porter (who is the Archbishops’ Adviser on Sport) and it has been rolling out across Church of England Dioceses ever since – with Blackburn Diocese recently getting involved.
The positive aspects of sport can benefit everyone – specifically those aspects aligned to integrity, honesty and fairness, which are the basis of the Christian gospel.
The main aim of Ministry of Sport is simple … to encourage Christians participating in sport and sports chaplaincy to use it as part of outreach work of the local church.
Keith McIntosh, the Diocesan Coordinator, speaking at our launch event in March 2017, said: “The coordination team working for and with the Diocese is fully supported by Bishop Julian and is here to resource parishes.
"Team members – including me – are available to visit parishes and explain more about how they can use sporting activities in their mission work.”
Rev Chris Nelson, Vicar of St Mary's Penwortham and Chaplain for Preston North End FC, is a big supporter of Ministry of Sport. He said: “This is a fantastic initiative and the great thing about ministry of this kind is that it doesn't have to be complicated – in fact it can be as easy as showing a World Cup game on a big screen, having a short faith talk at half time and giving out some of our quality Ministry of Sport literature.”
Bishop Philip gave the keynote speech at the Ministry of Sport Conference in Autumn 2017. You can read a copy from this link here
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Christians in Sport is a global reaching charity, supporting Christians in the world of sport and giving sportspeople everywhere the opportunity to explore the Christian faith.
Christians in Sport encourage Christians to get stuck into sport and as they go they help support them to represent God wherever they play and whatever role, through training events, chaplaincy, resources, groups, training schemes and 1-1 support.
Christians in Sport give sportspeople the opportunity to explore the Christian message for themselves, through equipping churches and Christians involved in sport to share their faith and through running sports guest events.