What will I learn with a Sports and Recreation Ministry Degree?

Sports and Recreation Ministry is one of the fastest growing job fields in the past few years, resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and the church reaching outside its walls.

Professionals are needed to meet these recreation demands. The curriculum is designed to prepare you for professional positions in churches, sports, recreation, parks and outdoor recreation settings.

When you complete a degree in Sports and Recreation Ministry at Barclay College you will be able to represent Christ in the Sports and Recreation profession by leading people into healthy lifestyle choices. You’ll learn the biblical perspective of sports and recreational skill development, growth and education.

You will be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles to sound recreation management.
  • Understand the benefits of sports and recreation for individuals and communities.
  • Apply the technical knowledge and skills required of recreational professionals.

What will a faith-based college offer me that is unique in this program?

To represent Christ in the Sports and Recreation profession by leading people into healthy lifestyle choices by providing skill development, growth and education from a biblical perspective.

If you have a passion for enjoying sports and recreation activities and would like to lead others into healthy activity choices with a Christ-centered approach then this degree is for you.

What can I do with a Sports and Recreation Ministry degree?

Sports and Recreation Ministry professionals are needed to meet the recreation demands of one of the fastest growing job fields in the past few years, resulting from expanding populations, increased leisure time, greater mobility and the church reaching outside its walls.. Students interested in sports and recreation ministry can find a variety of career opportunities in churches, YMCA/YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, city and county recreation agencies, school sports programs and therapeutic recreation.

What is the career/job outlook?

Quick Facts: Recreation Workers
2018 Median Pay
$25,060 per year
$12.05 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education
High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None
On-the-job Training
Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2018
408,300
Job Outlook, 2018-28
8% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-28
33,800

What are alums of the program doing?

Teaching, coaching, athletic directors, sport specific training, therapeutic recreation, fitness centers.

Tanner Huck 2017: “The Sports and Recreation Ministry program at Barclay College helped me   in numerous ways. The program set me up with a firm theological foundation, programming skills, and leadership philosophies. I am thankful for the instruction and relationships received and formed from being a part of this institution and program.” Tanner Huck is the Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach at Ecclesia College in Springdale, Arkansas.

Morgan Stander 2015: “The Sports and Recreation degree from Barclay has allowed me to explain and share the love of Christ through activities, coaching, and playing.  Ministry doesn’t have to be abroad or even confined to people in the church. It has allowed me to share with      others that God can use you and your gifts in any way.” Morgan Stander is teaching Junior High Math and English and coaching volleyball and basketball at Belleview Christian School in Denver, Colorado.

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In most of my Sports and Recreation classes, I learned things that are very applicable to my life as a teacher and coach. Having the support from the faculty and staff played a huge role in where I am today.”

Cole Hibler

2018, B.S. Sports & Recreation Ministry
Elementary Special Education,
High School Basketball Coach,
Blackwell, Oklahoma.

Have questions about Sports and Recreation Ministry?

Larry Lewis

Chair of Sports and Recreation Ministry

M.S. Wichita State University
B.S. Friends University
B.S. Fort Wayne Bible College

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