M.A. Sports Outreach

The Master of Arts in Sports Outreach Ministries (MASO) equips and prepares current and future Sports Ministers to “go and make disciples” of those far from Jesus and His Church.

What will I learn with a Sports Outreach Degree?

The Master of Arts in Sports Outreach Ministries (MASO) equips and prepares current and future Sports Ministers to “go and make disciples” of those far from Jesus and His Church. Barclay College’s MASO trains local church Sports Ministers; FCA; AIA and other Sports Ministry staff and coaches for Gospel impact. The degree’s unique and distinctive approach is seen in both its curriculum and in its delivery of course contents.

All course work provides students with Christ-centered Information presented through Interactive Instruction that includes optional weekly live sessions with a professor who engages students for the purpose of insightful Inspiration for effective Gospel Ministry. The MASO is designed to enable the professor to personally tailor a course of study to meet each student’s call and situation. Christo-centric theological truths inform Biblically-based philosophical principles, out of which strategically relevant methodological models emerge. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills for the implementation of Sports Outreach Ministries in congregations, communities, schools, and international missions.

Additional Benefits of the MA in Sports Outreach:

  • Complete program in only 2 years (4 semesters), a total of 36 credit hours!
  • 100% online – so students can further their education wherever they go!
  • Affordably priced – with Graduate Leadership Scholarships available!
  • Accredited – by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Sports Outreach Course Requirements

Master of Arts in Sports Outreach (12 credit hours)

MASO512: Theology of Competition and Sport (3) – This course will enlighten students concerning the Biblical and Theological basis for competition and sport. It will provide the Theological foundation and Christ-centered rationale for competition, sport, and Christian involvement in athletics. It will also provide a template for determining how competitors can live out their faith in secular sporting realms.

MASO522: 21st Century Models of Sports Outreach Ministry (3) – Students will be provided with a general historical overview of Sports Ministry during the 19th – 21st centuries with a brief review of 1st century interaction between the sporting world and the emerging Christian Church. Students will come to understand all sports ministry from a theological foundation that builds a philosophy of ministry, which in turn drives relevant methodological models. Keen awareness of how to evaluate sports ministry around the five main values (Proclamation, Worship, Mission, Service and Equipping) of the church will be examined.

MASO532: “Christmanship” – A Biblical and Ethical Basis for Sport and Competition (3) – This course will provide students with guidance on how to establish a personal and corporate ethical basis for sport and athletics based on a Christian worldview of Christmanship. Additionally, students will determine a logical rationale for Christian involvement in sport and athletics.

MAS0542: Evangelistic Disciple-making Through Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Ministry (3) – This course will provide students with guidance on how to establish a personal and corporate ethical basis for sport and athletics based on a Christian worldview of Christmanship. Additionally, students will determine a logical rationale for Christian involvement in sport and athletics.

Master's Course Requirements

MAO501: Orientation (0) – This is a one-week course designed to introduce students to the graduate program at Barclay College, including: classmates, course instructors, the mechanics of the online portal and discussion forum, and the academic rigors of graduate studies.

Theology Core (15 credit hours)

MABI511: Old Testament Hermeneutics (3) – God’s revelation through the Old Testament illuminates His timely message and timeless story for His people, while also providing the context and foundation for the New Testament. In this class, students will investigate the richness of the Old Testament and its relevance for today, including the principles and procedures for its interpretation, application, and exposition.

MABI521: New Testament Hermeneutics (3) – The narrative of Christ and His Church, foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, provides the framework for Christian faith and practice. This class in Biblical interpretation and exegesis focuses on the life and teachings of Christ, the experience of believers, and the eternal hope of the Church as recorded in the gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic literature.

MATH531: Christian Theology (3) – This class investigates the essential teachings of the evangelical Christian faith, with special attention given to the person and work of Christ, sin and salvation, the role of the Holy Spirit, the life of the Church, and contemporary theological issues. Students will become better equipped to apply and articulate theological convictions in ministry settings.

MATH541: The History of Christianity (3) – This course addresses the major events, issues, personalities, and movements that shape and define the story of the Christian Church. Topics such as the birth and growth of the Early Church, the threat of persecution, the rise of monasticism, the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon, the Reformation, the Great Awakenings, ecumenical efforts, and the globalization of the gospel provide a deeper understanding of the Church and a relevant perspective for ministry today.

MAMM513: The Missional Church (3) – We may not all be called to serve Christ as missionaries in a foreign land, but we are all called to be “on mission with God” wherever He may lead us. In this course, students are challenged to examine their purpose and calling in life, maximize their capacity to build bridges, and bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and around the world.

Research and Application (9 credit hours)

MARA523: Research Methods (3) – This course is an introduction to the research methods that are applicable in a variety of academic and organizational settings, including both quantitative and qualitative strategies that are commonly used in a graduate Capstone project.

MARA533: Applied Research I (3) – In this research and application course, students will identify and begin to investigate a potential Capstone project that relates to their chosen concentration of graduate studies. Through practical examination, each student will focus on their field of study using a variety of potential methods, some of which may include: field experience, literature review, and other forms of data collection.

MARA543: Applied Research II – Capstone Project (3) – This course involves the completion of a written Capstone project that serves as the culmination of a student’s research and their graduate school experience. Students will integrate their research findings with their chosen area of concentration, making application to life, service, and leadership today. In addition, each student will demonstrate their acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity, and written communication skills.

Bill Galipault, D.Min.

Director of Sports Outreach

Bill Galipault brings nearly 40 years of sports ministry experience as a coach, domestic missionary, international resident missionary, church sports ministry pastor, and mission executive. He holds a doctorate (D.Min.) from Azusa Pacific University where his doctoral project was “Spiritual Formation in the Team Sport Environment and its Application for Churches” as well as a M.P.S. from Alliance Theological Seminary, a M.S.Ed. from Lehman College, and B.A. from St. Anselm College.

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