The Master of Divinity/Sports Ministry Concentration prepares students for vocational ministry with a particular emphasis on sports as a context for ministry. This concentration is intentionally grounded in praxis-oriented theology operating in and through the local church. Based on biblical and theological foundations, students explore the historical, cultural, and ethical aspects of sports ministry.
Why the M.Div./Sports Ministry Concentration?
1) The Master of Divinity degree is generally recognized as the normative degree in theological education, preparing students for vocational ministry. As a concentration within the Master of Divinity program, the Sports Ministry concentration equips individuals to serve the church in a variety of ministries, including but not limited to, ministry in a sports context.
2) Those who elect to pursue this concentration are making a commitment to prepare for ministry leadership in an evolving church and society. Consequently, this concentration provides a minister with the specific knowledge, skills, and practices of Christian leadership necessary for creative dialogue and transformative engagement within the sports context.
The introductory course, PTSM 7320 - Theology & Philosophy of Sports Ministry, functions as the foundational course in the concentration. This course will set the language, conceptual understanding, and academic approach for all subsequent courses. It will serve as a general introduction to sports ministry, affording students the opportunity to explore different theological and philosophical approaches. As a prerequisite to the remaining courses in the concentration, Theology and Philosophy of Sports Ministry explores the biblical, theological, historical and cultural pillars necessary for ministry within sports settings.
Within the concentration, four additional courses and two electives are required for all Sports Ministry students. These may be taken at any time subsequent to or concurrent with the introductory course. These include:
PTSM 7352 - Theological Ethics of Sports Ministry
PTSM 7366 - Sports Chaplaincy
MSSN 7388 - Evangelism: A Contextual Approach
PTSM 7033 - Integration of Faith and Sports Practicum
PTSM 7033 - Integration of Faith and Sports is a practicum that provides students the opportunity to integrate faith and sports while also exposing them to the skills necessary to coordinate sports clinics and outreach events. The course will be offered on a modular basis in the summers in order to involve additional experts in the discipline. The two elective courses (six hours) allow students to address various topics that will enhance and supplement the core coursework.