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The hope of the Gospel is a universal message, and sports are arguably the universal language. Sharing the former through the latter is a powerful combination for changing lives. And for students with a heart for both, the field of sports ministry presents compelling career opportunities.

Until now, there has never been a college textbook devoted to the subject. With the arrival of Sports Ministry, college and university instructors have a dedicated text for educating students on the how-to process of developing viable sports ministry programs that share the Word and positively influence the world in which we live.

The book begins with a description of what sports ministry is and a historical overview of the sports ministry movement, including stories of prominent individuals and organizations past. Students will learn about the many sports ministries serving today at the local, national, and international levels, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, and Missionary Athletes International. Through each chapter’s Sports Ministry in Action and Interview With a Professional sidebars, students will get a glimpse into the lives and ministries of individuals and organizations working in sports ministry and learn about the career opportunities available in the field.

The underpinnings of sports ministry are evangelism and discipleship, and to that end students will learn various methods for Gospel communication within the sports context. The book also deliberates the intersection of sports and faith, weighing the positive and negative aspects of competition and whether competitive sport is compatible with faith. Included are six principles for making decisions regarding sport participation and a three-step process for using biblical precepts to determine ethical behavior in sport.

Chapters dedicated to finances, facilities, and legal considerations inform students on the corporate aspects of running a sports ministry program. These include the five main approaches for securing financial resources, a framework for planning and selecting the right facility, and strategies for mitigating risk.

The final section of the book looks at the implementation of sports ministry programs locally and internationally. Four common types of local church-based events are discussed—onsite, community, jaunt event, and short-term missions—with examples of each included. Students will gain an understanding of key administrative responsibilities for organizing international missions. The cross-cultural nature of sports ministry—both locally and abroad—requires students to cultivate an awareness of and respect for other cultures to foster friendship evangelism, essential to any successful sports ministry.

Sports Ministry is the definitive resource for building an effective sports ministry program. When done right, sport is a powerful platform that God will use to transform lives for His eternal purposes. With Sports Ministry, students will gain the knowledge and tools to share their faith and offer hope to others through the universal language of sport.

Audience

Textbook for courses in sport management or sports ministry at Christian and faith-based colleges.
Part I. Sports Ministry Primer

Chapter 1. Introduction to Sports Ministry
Introducing Sports Ministry
A Vision for Sports Ministry
Why Sports Ministry?
The Universal Power and Popularity of Sport
Youth Sports
Sport Helps Define the World
Defining the Term Sport
Harnessing the Power of Sports for the Gospel
Sports Ministry Defined
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 2. A History of Sports Ministry
Historic Integrations of Faith and Sport
Muscular Christianity
Sport: A God-Given Ability or a Deterrent to Faith?
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Part II. Contemporary Approaches to Sports Ministry

Chapter 3. Sports Ministry in the United States
Understanding Sports Ministry in the United States
The Beginnings of Organized Sports Ministry in the United States in the 20th Century
The Values and Goals of These Sports Ministry Organizations and Initiatives
Approaches and Methodologies
Additional Significant National Sports Ministry Organizations
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 4. International Sports Ministry
Why Minister Internationally?
Where Sports Ministries Have Gone
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 5. Faith Considerations
Designed for Play
The Problem of Competition
The Potential of Competition
The Bible and Sport
Assessing Sport as a Place for Ministry
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions
 
Chapter 6. Gospel Communication
Gospel Communication
Biblical Narrative
Parables
Prayerful Dependence on God
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 7. Ethical Considerations for Christians in Sport
The Hammer Analogy
A New Christ-Centered Ethos
A Work in Progress
The Tension Between Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
The Compatibility of Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
A Divide Between the Sacred and the Secular
Sportianity: A Critical Review
Christian Ethics Through a Biblical Lens: Linville’s Three-Step Process
Governing Principles for Ethical Behavior in Sport
Ethical Consideration One: Pagan Associations With the Origins of Sport
Ethical Consideration Two: Sport and the Sabbath
Ethical Consideration Three: Considering Gamesmanship
Winning and Losing
The “Salt and Light” of Christian Influence
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 8. Financing Sports Ministry
Financial Considerations in Sports Ministry
Financial Management in Sports Ministry
Basic Elements of Financial Management in Sports Ministry
Understanding Financial Challenges in Sports Ministry
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 9. Sports Ministry Facilities
The Importance of Planning for the Right Sports Ministry Facility
Determining What Type of Sporting Facilities Are Available for Effective Ministry
The Process of Creating a New Sports Facility: From Concept to Completion
Additional Sport Facility Construction Considerations
Maintaining a High-Quality Sports Facility
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 10. Legal Considerations
A Basic Understanding of the U.S. Legal System and Legal Terminology
State Legal Systems
Additional Legal Considerations for Sports Ministries
Key Legal Issues Facing Sport Ministries
Lack of Understanding and Knowledge of Legal Elements and Responsibilities
ADA Requirements for Sports Programs and Sports Facilities
The Importance of a Proactive Risk Management Program
The Importance of Accountability
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Part III. Developing a Viable Sports Ministry

Chapter 11. International Sport Mission Trips
Benefits of Short-Term Sport Missions
The Importance of Partnerships
Types of International Short-Term Sports Ministry Trips
Short-Term Sports Ministry Precautions
The Importance of Service and Relationship Building
Administrative Responsibilities
Pre-Trip Team Training and Post-Trip Debriefing
Helpful Travel Tips
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 12. Sports Ministry in the Local Church
Assessing Ministry Mission and Objectives
Assessing Church and Community Demographics
Four Typical Church-Based Sports Ministry Locations
Hosting Events
Funding Church Sports Ministry
Church Sports Ministry Resources
Equipping Responsibilities for the Sport-Minded
Developing Church Sports Ministry Leadership
Examples of Local Church Sports Ministries
A Precaution
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 13. Sports Ministry Organizations
SMO as Parachurch
SMO Examples
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 14. Cultural and Leadership Considerations
Cultural and Cross-Cultural Considerations
Jesus Adapts to Cultural Norms
Sports Ministry Application
Women as an Example of Cultural Norm
Discernment Implications
Defining Nonnegotiables
Support for One Another
Leader-Led Teamwork
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions
David Lewis, DMin, is a sports ministry practitioner and educator, presently serving as associate professor at Huntington University in Indiana, where he oversees the sport management students. He is also an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Milligan University in Tennessee. Prior to Huntington, he created and directed the academic sports ministry minor at Houghton University in New York and developed and taught sports ministry courses.

His own sports ministry practice began as an undergraduate at The King’s College in New York, where he and his college roommate organized an informal weightlifting ministry, combining strength demonstrations with Christian testimony and biblical instruction. A collegiate All-American soccer player, upon graduation Lewis moved to southern California and served full time with Athletes in Action Soccer, the sports ministry arm of CRU. Lewis has actively used sport, recreation, and camping as ministry tools in the local church. He has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor at churches in Massachusetts and New York.

Since 1991, Lewis has coached women’s soccer and is among a small group of collegiate women’s coaches to achieve over 400 career wins. In 2015, he led the Houghton University women’s soccer team to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I national championship, becoming the first and only NCAA Division III team to win the title. He was subsequently named the NSCAA/NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. Believing that one learns about ministry by doing ministry, he has led his soccer teams on multiple short-term soccer-specific sports ministry trips to 11 countries on five continents in partnership with ministries such as SCORE International, Missionary Athletes International, Sports Friends, Surge International, and Global Partners. An ordained minister, Lewis has performed the weddings of more than two dozen of his former soccer players.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from The King’s College, Lewis earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

Dave Irby, MAT, is the founder of Surge International/Surge Soccer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sports ministry that has virtual offices in the United States and Liberia.

A native of southern California, Irby played soccer on the inaugural varsity team at Azusa Pacific University, which was his first time playing organized soccer. At the age of 23, he became the head coach of the Cougars, twice being named Coach of the Year, while playing with the Athletes in Action soccer team during the same time period.

A pioneer of the soccer ministry movement, Irby has crisscrossed the globe as a soccer player, coach, and speaker. He founded the Seahorse soccer team for Missionary Athletes International and was the first full-time staff member. This experience would provide the inspiration for the founding of Surge International in 1992. Irby and the soccer teams he has led have traveled to 32 countries to play in a variety of settings, including prisons, jungle villages, and national soccer stadiums. His multinational teams have helped with reconciliation in Uganda after that country’s civil war, were on a peace tour to Sudan during their civil war, and traveled to Burundi to help with civil war prevention. More recently, from 2016 through 2019, Irby oversaw a soccer ministry project in Austria where he and his multinational colleagues used the platform of soccer to help refugees integrate into European society and to share Christ’s love with them. Surge has extended their work to Liberia with the launching of Surge Soccer Liberia, an initiative that is training leaders, assisting in educational development, and shedding light on the great needs of the country. Surge Soccer and their mascot, Sammy Surge, have visited over 150,000 children in four states and four foreign countries.

Irby has self-published two books on Amazon: Undefeated, a compilation of four soccer-specific devotionals, now in five languages; and Sammy Surge in Study Hard, Play Fair, Help Others, a children’s book featuring life principles taught by Sammy Surge, the world-traveling mascot of Surge Soccer.

Irby is a U.S. Soccer A-licensed coach. He has a master’s degree in teaching from University of La Verne in California and has a bachelor’s degree in social science and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in California. He is a member of United Soccer Coaches and Toastmasters International.

Irby resides in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Susan, and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He has attended five World Cups and enjoys hiking, reading, and travel, which has taken him to 47 countries and counting.

William Galipault, DMin, is the executive director for the Seahorse Soccer ministry, a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI). Seahorse Soccer has youth camps and clinics, a youth league, an urban youth program in the Los Angeles area, and an under-23 team in the United Soccer League (USL2), and they do international trips each year to Japan, Cuba, and the Czech Republic. He is also active in education as an adjunct professor with The Master’s University and Houghton University and as the director of the master’s in sports outreach program at Barclay College.

Galipault’s career in sports began at Nyack College (now Alliance University) in New York, where he was the men’s head coach for seven years and earned coaching honors at the district and regional levels while completing a master of professional studies degree at Alliance Theological Seminary and a master of science in education for physical educators at Lehman College. Along the way, he added experience as an assistant athletic director and a PE instructor, ran soccer camps at the school, and took his players internationally, which is where he caught the attention of MAI and was recruited to join its staff.

Bringing his experience to MAI, Galipault was involved in all areas of the ministry while also helping oversee the mission’s finances. He and his family spent six years in the Czech Republic, where he held ministry training conferences for Czech Christian athletes and led a small team from the United States and England in helping Czech churches learn how to use sports ministry as part of their work with their communities.

Throughout his career, Galipault’s focus has been ministry training coupled with theoretical and philosophical underpinnings when working with young men and women coming into various ministries. His desire to make this same training available in universities is what prompted Galipault to obtain a doctor of ministry degree; his doctoral project was titled “Spiritual Formation in the Team Sport Environment and Its Application for Churches.”

Wayne Rasmussen, EdD, is the program director of the new sport management major and an associate professor in the School of Business and Communication at The Master’s University. He plans to blend an academically challenging curriculum with valuable practical experiences that will prepare university students to serve in all levels of professional, collegiate, and youth sports in the areas of administration and management. He also serves as the faculty athletics representative. Prior to this, Rasmussen enjoyed a successful five-year run at Columbia International University in South Carolina, where he created, launched, and directed the school’s undergraduate sport management program in their School of Business in the summer of 2015.

Rasmussen’s career began at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was an assistant soccer coach before leaving for a head coaching job at Creighton University in Omaha. He later held positions on the administrative staffs of the Olympic and U.S. men’s national soccer teams as well as roles with three Major League Soccer clubs. Notably, he was the LA Galaxy’s director of operations and player development during the team’s inaugural MLS season in 1996 in the Rose Bowl. Rasmussen had a stint with the Tampa Bay Mutiny before becoming one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Union.

During his career, Rasmussen has also been an athletic director and head soccer coach at Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He has organized sports ministry trips and has led multiple cycling tours and wilderness adventure trips.
“Experience matters, and that is proven throughout this effort, written by men who know sports ministry and management. Absolutely should be a core resource or requirement in any sports ministry major or minor curriculum. I so appreciate the collaborative effort of these heroes of the faith.”
—Dan Wood, Executive Director of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus and chapter-specific files, including chapter summaries, learning objectives, abbreviated outlines of key content, suggested supplemental resources, assignment suggestions, recommended responses for the book’s review and discussion questions, and recommend responses for the book’s case study discussion questions.

Test package. Contains 20 questions per chapter in true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple-choice formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions.

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Sports Ministry epub

$67.00 USD
The hope of the Gospel is a universal message, and sports are arguably the universal language. Sharing the former through the latter is a powerful combination for changing lives. And for students with a heart for both, the field of sports ministry presents compelling career opportunities.

Until now, there has never been a college textbook devoted to the subject. With the arrival of Sports Ministry, college and university instructors have a dedicated text for educating students on the how-to process of developing viable sports ministry programs that share the Word and positively influence the world in which we live.

The book begins with a description of what sports ministry is and a historical overview of the sports ministry movement, including stories of prominent individuals and organizations past. Students will learn about the many sports ministries serving today at the local, national, and international levels, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, and Missionary Athletes International. Through each chapter’s Sports Ministry in Action and Interview With a Professional sidebars, students will get a glimpse into the lives and ministries of individuals and organizations working in sports ministry and learn about the career opportunities available in the field.

The underpinnings of sports ministry are evangelism and discipleship, and to that end students will learn various methods for Gospel communication within the sports context. The book also deliberates the intersection of sports and faith, weighing the positive and negative aspects of competition and whether competitive sport is compatible with faith. Included are six principles for making decisions regarding sport participation and a three-step process for using biblical precepts to determine ethical behavior in sport.

Chapters dedicated to finances, facilities, and legal considerations inform students on the corporate aspects of running a sports ministry program. These include the five main approaches for securing financial resources, a framework for planning and selecting the right facility, and strategies for mitigating risk.

The final section of the book looks at the implementation of sports ministry programs locally and internationally. Four common types of local church-based events are discussed—onsite, community, jaunt event, and short-term missions—with examples of each included. Students will gain an understanding of key administrative responsibilities for organizing international missions. The cross-cultural nature of sports ministry—both locally and abroad—requires students to cultivate an awareness of and respect for other cultures to foster friendship evangelism, essential to any successful sports ministry.

Sports Ministry is the definitive resource for building an effective sports ministry program. When done right, sport is a powerful platform that God will use to transform lives for His eternal purposes. With Sports Ministry, students will gain the knowledge and tools to share their faith and offer hope to others through the universal language of sport.

Audience

Textbook for courses in sport management or sports ministry at Christian and faith-based colleges.
Part I. Sports Ministry Primer

Chapter 1. Introduction to Sports Ministry
Introducing Sports Ministry
A Vision for Sports Ministry
Why Sports Ministry?
The Universal Power and Popularity of Sport
Youth Sports
Sport Helps Define the World
Defining the Term Sport
Harnessing the Power of Sports for the Gospel
Sports Ministry Defined
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 2. A History of Sports Ministry
Historic Integrations of Faith and Sport
Muscular Christianity
Sport: A God-Given Ability or a Deterrent to Faith?
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Part II. Contemporary Approaches to Sports Ministry

Chapter 3. Sports Ministry in the United States
Understanding Sports Ministry in the United States
The Beginnings of Organized Sports Ministry in the United States in the 20th Century
The Values and Goals of These Sports Ministry Organizations and Initiatives
Approaches and Methodologies
Additional Significant National Sports Ministry Organizations
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 4. International Sports Ministry
Why Minister Internationally?
Where Sports Ministries Have Gone
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 5. Faith Considerations
Designed for Play
The Problem of Competition
The Potential of Competition
The Bible and Sport
Assessing Sport as a Place for Ministry
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions
 
Chapter 6. Gospel Communication
Gospel Communication
Biblical Narrative
Parables
Prayerful Dependence on God
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 7. Ethical Considerations for Christians in Sport
The Hammer Analogy
A New Christ-Centered Ethos
A Work in Progress
The Tension Between Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
The Compatibility of Competitive Sport and Christian Faith
A Divide Between the Sacred and the Secular
Sportianity: A Critical Review
Christian Ethics Through a Biblical Lens: Linville’s Three-Step Process
Governing Principles for Ethical Behavior in Sport
Ethical Consideration One: Pagan Associations With the Origins of Sport
Ethical Consideration Two: Sport and the Sabbath
Ethical Consideration Three: Considering Gamesmanship
Winning and Losing
The “Salt and Light” of Christian Influence
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 8. Financing Sports Ministry
Financial Considerations in Sports Ministry
Financial Management in Sports Ministry
Basic Elements of Financial Management in Sports Ministry
Understanding Financial Challenges in Sports Ministry
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 9. Sports Ministry Facilities
The Importance of Planning for the Right Sports Ministry Facility
Determining What Type of Sporting Facilities Are Available for Effective Ministry
The Process of Creating a New Sports Facility: From Concept to Completion
Additional Sport Facility Construction Considerations
Maintaining a High-Quality Sports Facility
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 10. Legal Considerations
A Basic Understanding of the U.S. Legal System and Legal Terminology
State Legal Systems
Additional Legal Considerations for Sports Ministries
Key Legal Issues Facing Sport Ministries
Lack of Understanding and Knowledge of Legal Elements and Responsibilities
ADA Requirements for Sports Programs and Sports Facilities
The Importance of a Proactive Risk Management Program
The Importance of Accountability
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Part III. Developing a Viable Sports Ministry

Chapter 11. International Sport Mission Trips
Benefits of Short-Term Sport Missions
The Importance of Partnerships
Types of International Short-Term Sports Ministry Trips
Short-Term Sports Ministry Precautions
The Importance of Service and Relationship Building
Administrative Responsibilities
Pre-Trip Team Training and Post-Trip Debriefing
Helpful Travel Tips
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 12. Sports Ministry in the Local Church
Assessing Ministry Mission and Objectives
Assessing Church and Community Demographics
Four Typical Church-Based Sports Ministry Locations
Hosting Events
Funding Church Sports Ministry
Church Sports Ministry Resources
Equipping Responsibilities for the Sport-Minded
Developing Church Sports Ministry Leadership
Examples of Local Church Sports Ministries
A Precaution
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 13. Sports Ministry Organizations
SMO as Parachurch
SMO Examples
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions

Chapter 14. Cultural and Leadership Considerations
Cultural and Cross-Cultural Considerations
Jesus Adapts to Cultural Norms
Sports Ministry Application
Women as an Example of Cultural Norm
Discernment Implications
Defining Nonnegotiables
Support for One Another
Leader-Led Teamwork
Summary
Review and Discussion Questions
David Lewis, DMin, is a sports ministry practitioner and educator, presently serving as associate professor at Huntington University in Indiana, where he oversees the sport management students. He is also an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Milligan University in Tennessee. Prior to Huntington, he created and directed the academic sports ministry minor at Houghton University in New York and developed and taught sports ministry courses.

His own sports ministry practice began as an undergraduate at The King’s College in New York, where he and his college roommate organized an informal weightlifting ministry, combining strength demonstrations with Christian testimony and biblical instruction. A collegiate All-American soccer player, upon graduation Lewis moved to southern California and served full time with Athletes in Action Soccer, the sports ministry arm of CRU. Lewis has actively used sport, recreation, and camping as ministry tools in the local church. He has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor at churches in Massachusetts and New York.

Since 1991, Lewis has coached women’s soccer and is among a small group of collegiate women’s coaches to achieve over 400 career wins. In 2015, he led the Houghton University women’s soccer team to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I national championship, becoming the first and only NCAA Division III team to win the title. He was subsequently named the NSCAA/NCCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. Believing that one learns about ministry by doing ministry, he has led his soccer teams on multiple short-term soccer-specific sports ministry trips to 11 countries on five continents in partnership with ministries such as SCORE International, Missionary Athletes International, Sports Friends, Surge International, and Global Partners. An ordained minister, Lewis has performed the weddings of more than two dozen of his former soccer players.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from The King’s College, Lewis earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

Dave Irby, MAT, is the founder of Surge International/Surge Soccer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sports ministry that has virtual offices in the United States and Liberia.

A native of southern California, Irby played soccer on the inaugural varsity team at Azusa Pacific University, which was his first time playing organized soccer. At the age of 23, he became the head coach of the Cougars, twice being named Coach of the Year, while playing with the Athletes in Action soccer team during the same time period.

A pioneer of the soccer ministry movement, Irby has crisscrossed the globe as a soccer player, coach, and speaker. He founded the Seahorse soccer team for Missionary Athletes International and was the first full-time staff member. This experience would provide the inspiration for the founding of Surge International in 1992. Irby and the soccer teams he has led have traveled to 32 countries to play in a variety of settings, including prisons, jungle villages, and national soccer stadiums. His multinational teams have helped with reconciliation in Uganda after that country’s civil war, were on a peace tour to Sudan during their civil war, and traveled to Burundi to help with civil war prevention. More recently, from 2016 through 2019, Irby oversaw a soccer ministry project in Austria where he and his multinational colleagues used the platform of soccer to help refugees integrate into European society and to share Christ’s love with them. Surge has extended their work to Liberia with the launching of Surge Soccer Liberia, an initiative that is training leaders, assisting in educational development, and shedding light on the great needs of the country. Surge Soccer and their mascot, Sammy Surge, have visited over 150,000 children in four states and four foreign countries.

Irby has self-published two books on Amazon: Undefeated, a compilation of four soccer-specific devotionals, now in five languages; and Sammy Surge in Study Hard, Play Fair, Help Others, a children’s book featuring life principles taught by Sammy Surge, the world-traveling mascot of Surge Soccer.

Irby is a U.S. Soccer A-licensed coach. He has a master’s degree in teaching from University of La Verne in California and has a bachelor’s degree in social science and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University in California. He is a member of United Soccer Coaches and Toastmasters International.

Irby resides in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Susan, and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He has attended five World Cups and enjoys hiking, reading, and travel, which has taken him to 47 countries and counting.

William Galipault, DMin, is the executive director for the Seahorse Soccer ministry, a division of Missionary Athletes International (MAI). Seahorse Soccer has youth camps and clinics, a youth league, an urban youth program in the Los Angeles area, and an under-23 team in the United Soccer League (USL2), and they do international trips each year to Japan, Cuba, and the Czech Republic. He is also active in education as an adjunct professor with The Master’s University and Houghton University and as the director of the master’s in sports outreach program at Barclay College.

Galipault’s career in sports began at Nyack College (now Alliance University) in New York, where he was the men’s head coach for seven years and earned coaching honors at the district and regional levels while completing a master of professional studies degree at Alliance Theological Seminary and a master of science in education for physical educators at Lehman College. Along the way, he added experience as an assistant athletic director and a PE instructor, ran soccer camps at the school, and took his players internationally, which is where he caught the attention of MAI and was recruited to join its staff.

Bringing his experience to MAI, Galipault was involved in all areas of the ministry while also helping oversee the mission’s finances. He and his family spent six years in the Czech Republic, where he held ministry training conferences for Czech Christian athletes and led a small team from the United States and England in helping Czech churches learn how to use sports ministry as part of their work with their communities.

Throughout his career, Galipault’s focus has been ministry training coupled with theoretical and philosophical underpinnings when working with young men and women coming into various ministries. His desire to make this same training available in universities is what prompted Galipault to obtain a doctor of ministry degree; his doctoral project was titled “Spiritual Formation in the Team Sport Environment and Its Application for Churches.”

Wayne Rasmussen, EdD, is the program director of the new sport management major and an associate professor in the School of Business and Communication at The Master’s University. He plans to blend an academically challenging curriculum with valuable practical experiences that will prepare university students to serve in all levels of professional, collegiate, and youth sports in the areas of administration and management. He also serves as the faculty athletics representative. Prior to this, Rasmussen enjoyed a successful five-year run at Columbia International University in South Carolina, where he created, launched, and directed the school’s undergraduate sport management program in their School of Business in the summer of 2015.

Rasmussen’s career began at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was an assistant soccer coach before leaving for a head coaching job at Creighton University in Omaha. He later held positions on the administrative staffs of the Olympic and U.S. men’s national soccer teams as well as roles with three Major League Soccer clubs. Notably, he was the LA Galaxy’s director of operations and player development during the team’s inaugural MLS season in 1996 in the Rose Bowl. Rasmussen had a stint with the Tampa Bay Mutiny before becoming one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Union.

During his career, Rasmussen has also been an athletic director and head soccer coach at Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He has organized sports ministry trips and has led multiple cycling tours and wilderness adventure trips.
“Experience matters, and that is proven throughout this effort, written by men who know sports ministry and management. Absolutely should be a core resource or requirement in any sports ministry major or minor curriculum. I so appreciate the collaborative effort of these heroes of the faith.”
—Dan Wood, Executive Director of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Instructor guide. Includes a sample syllabus and chapter-specific files, including chapter summaries, learning objectives, abbreviated outlines of key content, suggested supplemental resources, assignment suggestions, recommended responses for the book’s review and discussion questions, and recommend responses for the book’s case study discussion questions.

Test package. Contains 20 questions per chapter in true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple-choice formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions.

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