Course Offerings

Sports & Theology Course Image

Developed by former athletes who are experts in practical theology, sports ministry, biblical studies, and history, this class will help Christians understand and relate to sports in a deeper way.


Course outcomes include:
  • Understand how to see and experience sports through God’s story
  • Apply theological concepts to the people and culture of sports
  • Explore the ways sports culture shapes motivations, values, and practices
  • Practice self-reflection for spiritual growth and leadership
  • Examine current issues and trends in sports through a Christian lens
  • Develop a contextually relevant theological model for engaging in sports

The course is eight weeks in length and delivered online through Canvas Catalog. As a non-credit course, there are no academic prerequisites to enroll. Each week will include specially-designed and selected readings and learning engagement activities. You will receive constructive and meaningful feedback from the instructor and opportunities to interact with your peers.

Sports Leadership Course ImageDeveloped by a team of experts with experience in coaching, theology, virtue ethics, organizational planning, counseling, and philosophy, this class will provide a holistic model for Christian leadership in sports.


Course outcomes include:
  • Develop a personal mission statement and leadership philosophy
  • Cultivate self-leadership by understanding and applying your values
  • Influence others toward character and community formation
  • Integrate Christian faith and virtues into competition
  • Learn organizational planning and management principles for building your team
  • Design and implement your own strategic plan in your sporting context

The course is eight weeks in length and delivered online through Canvas Catalog. As a non-credit course, there are no academic prerequisites to enroll. Each week will include specially-designed and selected readings and learning engagement activities. You will receive constructive and meaningful feedback from the instructor and opportunities to interact with your peers.

Bible & Sports Course ImageThis course, developed by an expert in New Testament Studies and Theology, will look at how we should think about, use, and interpret the Bible for sports contexts thoughtfully and faithfully. We will first examine several unhelpful uses of the Bible applied to sports before looking at how we might understand the Scriptures on its own terms. We end the course returning to the world of sports and the Bible and discovering how they might be brought together in a way that is faithful to the text, useful for the believer, and transformational for our involvement in sports.

Course outcomes include:
  • Explore the ways in which Christian athletes can meaningfully connect their activities in sports to the Bible
  • Thoughtfully and faithfully apply the Bible in daily life
  • Understand and articulate the diverse cultural contexts of the Bible and the role it plays in interpretation
  • Understand how to read sporting contexts through the Bible (and not vice versa)
  • Appropriately understand and apply the athletic metaphors in the Bible
  • Explore creative ways the Bible speaks into sports apart from athletic imagery

The course is eight weeks in length and delivered online through Canvas Catalog. As a non-credit course, there are no academic prerequisites to enroll. Each week will include specially-designed and selected readings and learning engagement activities. You will receive constructive and meaningful feedback from the instructor and opportunities to interact with your peers.

Sports & Race Course ImageDeveloped by a historian in consultation with experts in theology, ethics, and sports ministry, this class examines the intersection of race, sports, and Christianity in the United States from a historical and contemporary lens.

Course outcomes include:
  • Develop a theological and biblical framework for approaching questions about racial identity and racial justice in sports
  • Enhance cultural literacy and understanding of sports by exploring how the past has shaped the present
  • Consider and examine the ways that racism has been both promoted and resisted in American sports history
  • Learn from the historical examples of Christian athletes and coaches who were involved with debates about racial inclusion and racial justice
  • Evaluate current issues related to racism in sports from a Christian perspective
  • Apply course concepts to an action plan specific to your sports context

The course is eight weeks in length and delivered online through Canvas Catalog. As a non-credit course, there are no academic prerequisites to enroll. Each week will include specially-designed and selected readings and learning engagement activities. You will receive constructive and meaningful feedback from the instructor and opportunities to interact with your peers.

Mental Health & Sports Course ImageDeveloped by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in theology, psychology, and counseling, this course will teach Christians in sports how to think about mental health from a Christian and clinical perspective.

Course outcomes include:
  • Recognize mental health care as a Christian concern and essential component of human flourishing
  • Explore the mind-body-spirit connection as it applies to both sport performance and overall human wellbeing
  • Understand stigmas revolving around mental illness within society and the sports world
  • Examine and develop awareness of specific mental illnesses and mental health challenges prevalent in the sports world
  • Learn proven practices and resources specific to mental health in your sports context in order to best care for yourself and others

The course is eight weeks in length and delivered online through Canvas Catalog. As a non-credit course, there are no academic prerequisites to enroll. Each week will include specially-designed and selected readings and learning engagement activities. You will receive constructive and meaningful feedback from the instructor and opportunities to interact with your peers.

George W. Truett Theological Seminary