JOttohitbanner.jpgIt is the vision of The Master's College Athletics Program to be more than just good at sports. The department knows that sports are a powerful tool to connect with people and to change lives- both those within the program and those that the program may reach- for Christ.

TMC Athletic Director Paul Berry was recently in St. Louis, MO for the 2011 NCCAA Annual Convention where The Master's College was honored with the NCCAA's 2011 Sports Ministries Award for the college's endeavors to fulfill the great commission through its athletics program. The following release was made at the Hall of Fame Banquet:

The NCCAA established the Sports Ministries Award for the purpose of recognizing member institutions and/or individuals for significant spiritual outreach through the utilization of athletic ministries...Under the leadership of Athletics Director, Paul Berry, The Master's College has actively participated in the Great Commission through the ministry of both coaches and student-athletes.

The release went on to list some of the many ways that the Mustangs are working to spread God's love including:

  • Vballcheerbanner.jpgMen's Baseball who has evangelized to the local junior colleges as well as in their summer baseball camps where they have a daily Bible time with the kids
  • Men's Golf who spent three days in Alabama doing various projects with the local church
  • Women's Soccer who went to Mexico to build homes for families and share the Gospel
  • Women's Basketball who went to Germany and France to put on basketball camps and share the Gospel
  • Men's Basketball who held clinics for local youth and Special Olympians
  • Women's Soccer who held AIDS in Africa awareness fundraisers at home games and also handed out gatorades to opponents after games
  • Women's Basketball who won the NAIA Women's Basketball Champions of Character Award and also handed out gatorades and testimonies to opponents at home games
  • Women's Volleyball and Men's Basketball who will both travel this summer to Costa Rica to share the Gospel through their respective sports as well as other projects
  • Men's Baseball who served alongside the Matthew 25 Project in Ohio
  • When God Dreams - a Sunday evening outreach both started and led by student-athletes from various teams that includes teaching time the first week of the month, evangelism the second, fellowship on the third, and work projects the last Sunday of the month.

The release concluded, "Congratulations to The Master's College for giving their college athletes opportunities for service and touching the lives of people outside their campus walls. Thank you for serving as Christ would serve."

Paul Berry reflected on the recognition,  "The Sports Ministry Award is one of the top Awards given by the NCCAA, as it reflects maybe  the most important aspects of authentic Christianity, that of love,  humility and servant hood.  The TMC athletes and coaches are constantly  looking for ways to use their sport to minister to others and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is an honor to be able to be used by the Lord in this way."