The FSI Online Certificate Program provides accessible and flexible theological training, cultural literacy, and leadership development for Christians in sports. Our non-credit courses are delivered online and are offered at three different times during the year: Summer, Fall, and Winter/Spring sessions. Students are free to enroll in any course of their choosing; there is no application process and no prerequisites. Join our email list to stay up-to-date on upcoming registration openings and deadlines.
Past students in our courses include:
- High school and college coaches
- Educational and athletic administrators
- Sports ministry staff
- College athletes
- Graduate students
- College professors
- Pastors and missionaries
Students who take multiple classes can work towards receiving a Certificate in Sports Culture and Leadership from the Faith & Sports Institute. To receive the certificate, students must take four total courses: the two “core” courses (Sports Leadership and Sports & Theology) plus any two additional electives.
Certificate in Sports Culture and Leadership
- Core Classes:
- Sport Leadership
- Sports & Theology
- Electives (choose two):
- Bible & Sports
- Race & Sports (coming early 2021)
- Mental Health & Sports (coming summer 2021)
- Public Witness and Communication in Sports (coming fall 2021)
- Additional courses under development!
2020-21 Course Instructors:
Paul is the Assistant Director of the Faith & Sports Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Grace University, where he played basketball. He also has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history with a focus on sports and Christianity. His writing and research has been featured at numerous media outlets, including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Sports Illustrated, and NPR’s “Only A Game,” and his first book is under contract with Oxford University Press. He has over a decade of experience as an educator in both the high school and college classroom.
Elizabeth serves as the Assistant Administrator of Online Programming for the Faith & Sports Institute. She graduated in May 2020 from Baylor University’s Truett Seminary with an M.Div. (sports ministry concentration). Before coming to Baylor, she graduated from Hope College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in French. While at Hope she played both basketball and soccer. Elizabeth has taken on a variety of leadership positions and roles at Baylor, working as a Faith & Sports Institute Retreat Mentor in 2018 and as Retreat Program Director in 2019, while also serving as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Baylor Women’s Soccer.
Brian serves as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Faith & Sports Institute, where his primary project is researching and writing a book on the sports metaphors used in the Bible. He is a teacher and scholar with an M.Div. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University. His first book, an academic study of the centurion’s confession in Mark 15, was published with T&T Clark. Before entering graduate school, Brian received a B.A. in Microbiology from the University of Missouri and spent six years on staff with a church.