Certificate in Mission and Ministry (Sport)

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.

Course Details

Unit 1 Study skills

This unit provides students with the necessary tools for studying effectively at HE Levels 4-6.

Unit 2 Leadership, team and self

This unit introduces students to leadership and team building skills and the ability to manage one-self professionally.

Unit 3 Applied practice

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.

Unit 4 Spirituality and faith

This unit introduces key theories relating to spirituality and faith development.

Unit 5 Issues facing sports people

This unit explores the issues faced by sports people, particularly in relation to the church and wider community.

Unit 6 Introduction to practical theology and sport

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.

Unit 7 Introduction to mission to and sport

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.


Unit 1

Study Skills


Unit 7

Mission and Sport

27 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Unit 4

Spirituality and Faith

19-23 Feb 2018

Units 2/3

Leadership, Team and Self/Applied Practice

14-18 May 2018

Unit 6

Intro to Practical Theology

26-30 Nov 2018

Unit 5

Issues Facing Sports People

18-22 Feb 2019

What do people say?

“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.”

Employment opportunities

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.

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