Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s Good News,
we believe that He has called us to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
in communities where he is least known, using the powerful platform of sports.
At its core, Sports Friends is a partnering organization -- partnering with denominations and church planting organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sports ministry movements. For security reasons these partnerships are not listed on this web site. Sports Friends also acts as an agent to partner churches in the western world with churches in the developing world. Our desire is to accelerate the development of effective sports ministry programs and to further stimulate a passion for ministry and missions in both worlds. Listed below are all of the current participants in our Church Partnership Program. As this partnership program expands, we desire to see churches across multiple regions of the U.S., as well as churches from other countries, joining together with us in fulfilling Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples of all nations”
Sports Friends also seeks to strategically partner with other sports ministry organizations and missions who share similar values and a common vision to see churches and church planters use the platform of sports to transform lives and communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Profiled below are a few strategic partnerships of Sports Friends.
Missionary Athletes International (“MAI”) – MAI is one of the leading sports ministry organizations in the world with a singular focus on using the platform of football (soccer). MAI partners with Sports Friends to send U.S. based football teams, coaches and long-term missionaries in support of Sports Friends’ ministry programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) – SIM and Sports Friends are partnering together with OMF to see the development of effective church-centered sports ministry programs and church planting initiatives in certain regions of East Asia. Since its founding in 1865 by Hudson Taylor as the China Inland Mission, OMF has had a vision to reach the peoples of East Asia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.