To serve and glorify God by making DISCIPLES in SPORT and PLAY in order to restore and redeem and extend the Kingdom of God.
- Make disciples.
- Proclaim the Gospel.
- Obey the Bible.
- In sport and play.
- Work in teams.
Connect in Prayer: Prayer is the starting point for all ministries within the world of sport and play. In areas where the Gospel has never been proclaimed, or where traditional belief systems have reigned for a significant amount of time, it is not unusual for those engaging in disciple- making activities to be confronted by spiritual conflicts ranging from annoying to life-threatening (Ephesians 6:12, Matthew 10:16-23). To break through, we need to develop strategic prayer to resist the enemy (1 Peter 5:8-10).
Connect with the community: There are many ways to lovingly serve the local community to build bridges for spiritual and community transformation. It can take many forms such as relief, rehabilitation and development. Some may initiate a new GO strategy, others will join an existing GO strategy, but all of us should engage in missional living in whatever context God has placed us in or called us to in the world of sport and play. This requires a lot of prayer, connecting, listening, discerning, selflessness and living a distinct life in Christ.
Find compassionate teams: Each person has been created to love God and love people (Matthew 22:36-40), as well as to accomplish the task of making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). The Church is the Body of Christ and functions as a team. Working in teams helps us to live beyond ourselves and to serve sacrificially and compassionately the way Jesus did (Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; Matthew 9:35-38). Teams that work together learn more quickly, remember more things, replicate more quickly, and when correctly led will protect against false teaching and bad leadership.
Find good soil: Not everyone responds to the Gospel at the same time and in the same way, as it is the Father who draws people to Jesus (John 6:44-45). We need to proclaim the Gospel at every Spirit-led opportunity. Start with the people that God has prepared, whether in new or existing relationships (Luke 10:6, Matthew 10:11). Stay and share where Jesus has prepared someone’s heart to hear and obey. We can continue to pray for those who are resistant to the Gospel. Focus on sport affinity groups and their households. Affinity groups include non-related people living and relating together as family, e.g. sport teams, sport clubs, sport academies, kids clubs, etc.
Show how to understand the Bible: Bible engagement is an intentional call to study the Word of God in order to move from, ‘not knowing God’ to ‘loving and obeying Him through Jesus’. There are many ways to engage with Scripture. Examples include Bible study, Bible teaching, oral Bible storytelling, discussion, meditation and memorization.
Show new life and new community: As sportspeople and their families fully surrender their lives to Jesus, there is a promise of new life. They grow in a community of obedient believers who are committed to sharing their time, gifts, possessions and lives with others (2 Corinthians 5:14-19, Acts 2:42-47). Show the wonderful new life we share which will last eternally.
Equip new leaders: Continually focus on discipling the next generation of leaders. This can be done in many ways including formal trainings, ‘on- the-job’ learning, and through mentoring and coaching. This strategy builds a learning community that holds each other accountable for obedience to the Word of God. Keep all things reproducible. Have strategies mostly led by indigenous leaders instead of the outside experts.
Equip people for new harvest fields: Each of us should be intentional in multiplying disciples, leaders, and teams in the world of sport and play. Look for new places and opportunities to GO, build teams and continue the process.
SCAS was founded in 1985 by a group of Christian sportsmen and women. At first, fellowship with like-minded people was their main motivation for getting together, but with time it dawned on them that sport was in fact an excellent platform from which to spread the Gospel of Christ. Testifying to the goodness of God in public soon established these men and women as positive role models in the eyes of the adoring public, giving SCAS the kind of credibility and visibility that has seen the organization evolve into the diverse ministry that it is today. SCAS is an inter-racial and inter-denominational ministry run by a small group of full-time staff who mobilizes and relies on volunteers to get the job done. Our head office is in Stellenbosch.
SCAS is also very blessed with Associate Staff and volunteers that represent us in Centurion, Pretoria and Durban.
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