A Special Three-Part Series with Upward: Episode #3 – What the Future of Church Recreation Ministry Looks Like (Start Now)

Episode #SP024
September 1, 2023
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In the conclusion of this special series on recreation ministry, Thom and Sam talk about the future of recreation ministries in churches. More churches will restart their sports programs. Now is the time to begin. The future is bright!

    • Americans need more exercise. The church should be at the forefront of solving this problem.
    • The hyper-competitive nature of youth sports will open numerous opportunities for churches to create programs for families looking for more fun and less intense commitment.
    • Partners like Upward will provide more customizable options for recreation ministry.
    • Recreation ministry will become essential for churches to encourage people to get into a better rhythm and pattern of involvement.
    • Spiritual health will be connected more to physical health, and recreation ministry will be viewed as an important part of discipleship.
    • More studies will point to the harm of spending too much time on electronic devices. Parents will seek out sports and recreation for the benefit of their children.


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