Bachelor of Science: Sports and Recreation Ministry


Program Description

The Sports and Recreation Ministry degree prepares the student to be an effective leader in the fields of sports ministry, recreation, and camping. Students are required to study in a variety of areas: the biological and social sciences, sports and recreation, health content, experiential education, developmental theory, and Christian ministry practices. The curriculum includes both content and process-oriented courses and emphasizes service-learning and field experience. All facets are integrated with Christian principles.


Upon completion of the program, the student will meet the objectives of the division of Arts and Sciences, as well as additional objectives particular to this major.

Division Objectives: students shall be able to

  1. Articulate why for the Christian, all vocations to which God leads are calls to stewardship and ministry.
  2. Explain how a Christian worldview impacts vocational attitudes, ethics, and meaning.
  3. Articulate how biblical principles related to one’s chosen field integrate with or critique “secular” knowledge of the same field.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to construct a biblically informed approach to their vocational field.
  5. Demonstrate competence in their chosen field at a level appropriate for graduates of a baccalaureate program.

Specific Program Objectives: students will be able to

  1. Explain the nature, scope, and importance of health and recreation systems.

  2. Apply Biblical ethics and stewardship practices to sound health management principles.

  3. Describe the influence of recreation and health in individual, relational, social, and organizational systems.

  4. Describe the basics and nature of fitness leadership.

  5. Outline procedures for use of natural resources/environment and human behavior with an emphasis on the populations that outdoor leaders serve.

  6. Think critically and use diverse methods of understanding in evaluating recreation and management systems.

  7. Understand the benefits of leisure and recreation for the well-being of individuals and for the welfare of communities.

  8. Describe how leisure and recreation contribute to the diverse threads and the common fabric of society.

  9. Synthesize and apply the technical knowledge and skills required of recreation professionals, including the areas of planning, management, assessment, leadership, evaluation, and budget and finance.

  10. Meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry.

  11. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.
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At Barclay College we praise God for our students who are on a mission to not only gain an education, but to strengthen their Christ-centered, biblically based faith by learning the way of effective C ... Read More

At Barclay College we praise God for our students who are on a mission to not only gain an education, but to strengthen their Christ-centered, biblically based faith by learning the way of effective Christian living in service and leadership. Barclay College bases its existence in a rich history of evangelical Friends tradition. Barclay College is an evangelical Friends school which accepts and embraces persons with evangelical Christian beliefs from a variety of denominational backgrounds. The mission of Barclay College is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service and leadership. Barclay College is a Christian institution of higher education that challenges students to explore, understand, and acquire the skills necessary to respond to the call of God upon their lives. To help accomplish this, Barclay College strives for academic and spiritual excellence by providing an environment that encourages higher levels of inquiry and learning. Critical thinking, the exchange of ideas, and disciplined Bible-based study are emphasized to assist each student in developing a personalized Christian world view and equipping them to serve effectively in the areas of service in which they feel God's direction for their lives. Read less