This course is for those who are passionate about sport whether it is formal or informal, solo or team. It explores the developing field of theology and sport and considers the biblical principles and values that relate to sporting activities; the nature of spirituality and faith; and an introduction to mission and ministry through and in sport. It also includes management of self, team and leadership skills.
Study skills* (10 credits)
This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.
Leadership, team and self* (10 credits)
This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.
Applied practice* (20 credits)
This unit offers students the opportunity to focus on mission and ministry practice through observation, reflection and action in their own and another context. Students will be taught reflective skills and encouraged to use them in starting to analyse their own practice, and that of others in order to better understand why what works well, works well, and how to improve what doesn’t.
Spirituality and faith* (20 credits)
This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.
Issues facing sports people (20 credits)
This unit explores the issues faced by sports people, particularly in relation to the church and wider community.
Introduction to practical theology and sport (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to some of the key doctrines and theological themes of the Christian faith. It will enable students to start to critique and evaluate these doctrines, and frameworks, and relate them to sport, sporting activities and sports people.
Introduction to mission to and sport (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, and relates it to sport. It gives students an opportunity to explore how sport has been used in mission in historical and contemporary contexts, and how it can be used in their own missional activities.
Introduction to Old Testament (10 credits)
This unit seeks to introduce students to the literature, history, and messages of the Old Testament. In doing so we will consider the theological messages contained within the Old Testament and their significance to the people of ancient Israel as well as the contemporary church.
Introduction to New Testament (10 credits)
This unit will introduce students to the content of the New Testament and provide an understanding of how that content originated. It will also facilitate the study of the New Testament by equipping students with an understanding of key scholarly debates and methods.
Introduction to Theology (20 credits)
This unit provides a systematic account of major Christian doctrines with a particular emphasis on their relevance to the contemporary world and specific mission and ministry contexts.
Introduction to Bible and Mission (20 credits)
This unit introduces students to biblical, historical and contemporary concepts of mission, with particular emphasis on biblical perspectives. It gives students an opportunity to explore how the Bible has been used in mission in historical and contemporary contexts, and how it can be used in their own missional activities.
*These are core units which run every year.
You need 120 credits to complete the level. If you are part-time, you will need to attend one teaching week a semester over two years. If you are full-time, you will need to attend five teaching weeks over the course of one year.
“It was great to learn deep theology and be challenged to think how that links with sport.”
“This unit is brilliant. Well worth doing if you want to think deeply about how theology and sport come together.”
“I really enjoyed the week – everything about it gave me energy from lectures to the football match on Wednesday. Very much looking forward to the next week.”
Students completing this course could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work as part of their mission and ministry team. Students’ passion for their sport and communication methods will have been enhanced with Biblical and theological understanding, and this will give them the confidence to lead events and holiday clubs on behalf of the church, or in local schools.
This course does not qualify students to coach, but the student can use this course as a foundation for employment with and further training from sports clubs.