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Imagine playing a part in bringing the love and Word of God to people around the world through the platform of sports! Your skills, training, talents, experience, gifts, and passions can all be used for God's glory as together we empower and equip churches and church planters to use sports as a tool to transform lives and strengthen communities.




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Below we have highlighted Sports Friends' current openings for your prayerful consideration. Each listed position may have openings in multiple countries as noted in the detailed description. Please note that all positions with Sports Friends are unsalaried missionary positions. Serving with us will require you to partner with churches, family, friends, and others who will stand with you both prayerfully and financially in your ministry. Click below to see our current openings:



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Ghana


• Ministry Development Leader

Work to provide leadership for the development of effective sports ministry programs within a country. Focus on vision casting, training, mobilization, and church-centered sports ministry model development. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry leadership and/or coaching. Previous experience in the development of sports programs would also be helpful.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Malawi, Paraguay

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Malawi


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Ministry Development Leader

Work to provide leadership for the development of effective sports ministry programs within a country. Focus on vision casting, training, mobilization, and church-centered sports ministry model development. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry leadership and/or coaching. Previous experience in the development of sports programs would also be helpful.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Malawi, Paraguay

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Niger


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Nigeria


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Paraguay


• Ministry Development Leader

Work to provide leadership for the development of effective sports ministry programs within a country. Focus on vision casting, training, mobilization, and church-centered sports ministry model development. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry leadership and/or coaching. Previous experience in the development of sports programs would also be helpful.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Malawi, Paraguay

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Perú


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Senegal


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Thailand


• Asia Ministry Development Co-Leader

Work closely with a co-leader to provide leadership for the development of sports ministry throughout Asia. Responsibilities will include strategic planning, ministry development, partnership development, vision casting, mentoring and team/staff development, and training.

Recommended Experience: Position requires strong personal presence and people skills to be credible with Asian denominational and church-planting partners. The applicant should also be a flexible self-starter with the ability to lead, encourage, and motivate a ministry team.

Location: Current opening in Thailand.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)


• Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms

U.S.A.


• Communications Coordinator

Work in a strategic role presenting God's work through the Sports Friends ministry using a variety of channels, strategies and media (such as video, web content, social media content, print articles, photo albums, and publicity). The Communications Coordinator will set the direction for Sports Friends' communications in areas such as content creation, strategy, messaging and branding. He or she will direct a team of media specialists in various field locations, as they work together to engage Sports Friends' audiences around the world.

Recommended Experience: Position requires prior communications experience and strong written communication skills.

Location: Current opening in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)


• Graphic Designer

Help present what God is doing through the Sports Friends ministry in an appealing, creative, clear, and consistently branded way. Projects will include web design, brochures, e-newsletters, info graphics, year-end reviews, and fundraising campaigns, both for use online and in print.

Recommended Experience: Training in Graphic Design desirable, but natural flair, the desire to learn, and a good portfolio of previous work are more important than a formal education in design. Must have excellent competency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and good written skills.

Location: Current opening in US

Term of Service: Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Media Specialist

Work to capture stories of God's grace and transforming power that have taken place through the Sports Friends ministry and create appropriate media (video, web content, social media content, print articles, photo albums, publicity etc.) to communicate what God is doing through this ministry to various audiences (donors, ministry partners, recruits, trainees etc.)

Recommended Experience: In order to contribute to the creation of high-quality media, this position requires experience and skill in one or more of the following areas: video, still photography, writing and editing, web design, and/or graphic design.

Location: Current openings in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms


• Partner & Fund Development Coordinator

Work closely with the Sports Friends leadership team, Board of Advisors, and SIM Sending Offices to develop and enhance relationships with ministry partners and donors (individuals, foundations and churches). Aspects of the job will include vision-sharing, meeting with potential partners/donors, organizing "friend-raising" events, coordinating and leading vision trips to our field locations, mobilizing prayer, and communicating appreciation to our partners.

Recommended Experience: Position requires strong communication skills, confidence to engage with leaders and influential people, and the ability to coordinate effectively. Any prior work experience that has helped develop these skills would be valuable.

Location: Current opening in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

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Asia Ministry Development Co-Leader

Work closely with a co-leader to provide leadership for the development of sports ministry throughout Asia. Responsibilities will include strategic planning, ministry development, partnership development, vision casting, mentoring and team/staff development, and training.

Recommended Experience: Position requires strong personal presence and people skills to be credible with Asian denominational and church-planting partners. The applicant should also be a flexible self-starter with the ability to lead, encourage, and motivate a ministry team.

Location: Current opening in Thailand.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Coaches’ Trainer

Work with a team to provide sports ministry training, coaching instruction, and sports ministry model development to support effective sports ministry programs in a given field. The focus will be on vision casting, training, coaching instruction, model development, and problem solving with local sports ministers.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry or coaching. Expertise is primarily sought in soccer and/or volleyball, though knowledge of additional sports such as basketball, netball, cricket, field hockey etc. would be valuable in specific field locations. Previous experience in league development and sports camp ministries may also be helpful along with teaching, training, or leadership development abilities.

Location: Current openings in Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Thailand

Term of Service:
Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms

Communications Coordinator

Work in a strategic role presenting God's work through the Sports Friends ministry using a variety of channels, strategies and media (such as video, web content, social media content, print articles, photo albums, and publicity). The Communications Coordinator will set the direction for Sports Friends' communications in areas such as content creation, strategy, messaging and branding. He or she will direct a team of media specialists in various field locations, as they work together to engage Sports Friends' audiences around the world.

Recommended Experience: Position requires prior communications experience and strong written communication skills.

Location: Current opening in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Graphic Designer

Help present what God is doing through the Sports Friends ministry in an appealing, creative, clear, and consistently branded way. Projects will include web design, brochures, e-newsletters, info graphics, year-end reviews, and fundraising campaigns, both for use online and in print.

Recommended Experience: Training in Graphic Design desirable, but natural flair, the desire to learn, and a good portfolio of previous work are more important than a formal education in design. Must have excellent competency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and good written skills.

Location: Current opening in US

Term of Service: Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms

Internship Program Coordinator

Work to provide leadership for the organization and administration of the Sports Friends Asia Internship Program. Efforts will be focused on providing day to day management of work activity and pastoral support to interns as well as mentoring and discipling interns personally and offering coaching in their ministry development. As experience allows, the Coordinator may also offer training in ministry, leadership, evangelism and discipleship, sports mission, Bible teaching, youth work, support raising, management, spiritual growth and other aspects of developing the interns as sports ministry leaders.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in administration, training, or teaching and leadership development. Experience in mentoring, coaching, sports ministry, or youth work would be beneficial.

Location: Current opening in Thailand.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Media Specialist

Work to capture stories of God's grace and transforming power that have taken place through the Sports Friends ministry and create appropriate media (video, web content, social media content, print articles, photo albums, publicity etc.) to communicate what God is doing through this ministry to various audiences (donors, ministry partners, recruits, trainees etc.)

Recommended Experience: In order to contribute to the creation of high-quality media, this position requires experience and skill in one or more of the following areas: video, still photography, writing and editing, web design, and/or graphic design.

Location: Current openings in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Available for both short (1-2 years) and long (2+ years) terms

Ministry Development Leader

Work to provide leadership for the development of effective sports ministry programs within a country. Focus on vision casting, training, mobilization, and church-centered sports ministry model development. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in sports ministry leadership and/or coaching. Previous experience in the development of sports programs would also be helpful.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Malawi, Paraguay

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Organizational Leader

Work closely with the Sports Friends Ministry Development Leader within the country with a primary focus on administration, management, finances, leadership development, partnership negotiation, communications, and other organizational leadership issues. Work closely with several church denominations and church planting movements to see sustainable, national-led sports ministry programs developed.

Recommended Experience: Position requires previous experience in an administrative or organizational role. Experience in leadership and program development would be beneficial.

Location: Current openings in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)

Partner & Fund Development Coordinator

Work closely with the Sports Friends leadership team, Board of Advisors, and SIM Sending Offices to develop and enhance relationships with ministry partners and donors (individuals, foundations and churches). Aspects of the job will include vision-sharing, meeting with potential partners/donors, organizing "friend-raising" events, coordinating and leading vision trips to our field locations, mobilizing prayer, and communicating appreciation to our partners.

Recommended Experience: Position requires strong communication skills, confidence to engage with leaders and influential people, and the ability to coordinate effectively. Any prior work experience that has helped develop these skills would be valuable.

Location: Current opening in US, with opportunity to travel to Sports Friends' fields.

Term of Service: Long term (2+ years)


Sports Friends is a ministry of the multi-national, interdenominational mission, SIM. SIM manages the selection and training of all applicants wishing to serve with Sports Friends. Please visit sim.org for a complete listing of service openings and for information about SIM's missionary requirements and application process.

For more specific details or questions concerning any of these positions, contact your nearest SIM office.


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