Our Philosophy

Philosophy Of Athletics Statement

“…that in all things, Christ might be pre-eminent.”
Colossians 1:17

God created our human bodies and by developing our God-given talents and abilities, athletics should bring glory to our Heavenly Father. Athletics from a Christian perspective should have several distinct characteristics that, when followed, allow us as coaches, athletes, and supporters to bring glory to God. These distinctives are drawn from God’s Word and, therefore, may be different from “the world’s” viewpoint. It is vital that each Christian athlete, coach, and supporter be willing to submit, make changes, grow and mature so that God will be pleased. Sometimes this change is difficult due to past experiences, ingrown patterns, respected examples and simple tradition (“I coach the way I was coached”), yet these need to be brought under the scrutiny of God’s Word to determine if they are pleasing to Him (Leviticus 20:23, Romans 12:1-2). The distinctives that are discussed below are meant to give a Christian perspective to athletics and to help direct us toward Christ-like behavior and attitudes.

Distinctive #1: Our chief goal is to elevate the reputation of Jesus Christ. We desire for our athletes to grow spiritually by teaching them to think and act like Christ in the competitive arena and to model godly character through their words, their attitudes and their deeds. The purpose and intent of our athletic program at Victory World Church is to bring glory to God through our participation and involvement in individual and team sports activities and to develop within those who participate in athletics the character traits of Jesus Christ. Within that philosophical framework, all of our coaches desire to train, disciple, and encourage student athletes to perform athletically to the maximum of his or her potential in order to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, developing each student athlete spiritually, so that the Holy Spirit controls and directs his or her mind and body in every athletic endeavor. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

A team establishes many goals, none of which should be greater than bringing glory to our Lord and Savior. As a Christian ministry, we should be obviously different in our attitudes and actions from the secular world. Unfortunately, all too often many observers may be turned away from our Lord because of our conduct. We are called by our Lord to be a “light on a hill” in an athletic contest. We need to continually encourage our athletes and coaches to pursue the elevation of Christ’s reputation. Realistically, some athletes are not in a position to make this commitment, however they will be taught to submit to the coaches’ rules for conduct which does not allow for negative, unsportsmanlike behavior. Among many things, this means that we will respect authority, our opponents, and each other. Athletics can also be a celebration of God’s gifts to us, and so should be fun and enjoyable for all involved.

Consequently, the primary goal of our athletic program is to use athletic competition as a positive tool in the lives of our student athletes to bring glory to God through our participation and to develop within those who participate in athletics the character traits of Christ.

Distinctive #2: Athletics is part of the whole person, not a separate part. Unfortunately, many have come to believe that there is a legitimate difference between morality in sport and in everyday life. This is not taught by Jesus Christ. When the “fruit of the Spirit” is discussed in Galatians 5:22-23, no mention is made to indicate these traits are part-time. We should accept actions on the field as an indication of the true person, rather than excuse them because an athlete may be under stress. A practical application could be that our language on the field or court should be the same as that in the pew, living room or classroom.

Distinctive #3: A person’s personhood and performance should not be linked together. The Bible instructs us not to place our worth in circumstances, but in the position we have in Christ. Our self worth is not to be determined by a win-loss record. An athlete may perform poorly, yet he needs to be confirmed that he is still worthwhile, valuable, loved and accepted. This is God’s example to us (Romans 5:8); in that, while we were still sinners He loved us and sent His Son to die for us. Therefore, success needs to be evaluated on the characteristics and qualities of our athletes not on our win-loss record. That being said, athletics are an integral part of building community, school spirit, and cultivating virtue. Moreover, participation on athletic teams, in contrast to some other extra-curricular activities, is seasonal, and the commitment of one player can greatly affect team performance and morale.

Distinctive #4: Allow God to grant victory or defeat. The Bible has numerous accounts of God’s people suffering, dying, losing, and enduring hardships and persecutions. We must not equate victory in battle as proof of God’s blessing or approval. We must be willing to endure any situation God chooses for us and accept it as part of His omnipotence and plan. God is more concerned with the process of attaining success than the success itself. It is clear in Scripture that obedience, hard work and patience does not always result in victory; at least not in this world (Genesis 37-50). This position, however, does not mean we do not have the responsibility to play our best. If a sport is to be a sport at all, the objective of winning must not be de-emphasized. The athlete who does not try to win is worse than a cheat. At the same time, however, we must be careful not to delude ourselves into thinking that God in any way cares about the outcome.

Those who feel that God especially cherishes winners or that somehow a win glorifies Him more than a loss, have theologically reduced God to a spectator who sits on the sidelines caught up in the surprises of the contest. Our emphasis in this area is:

Prepare to win and play to win
Allow God to exercise His will

Distinctive #5: As authorities established by God, Umpires and Officials receive our honor and respect. All authority comes from God (1 Peter 2:13). Sometimes human authorities make human mistakes which have a negative impact on us. Our response to this injustice is of great importance to God. God’s reputation is more important than our rights. (1 Peter 2:l9) states, “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.” (Philippians 2:14) We cannot change the conditions or situations so why not choose to live “above” them and let people see the difference.

Distinctive #6: Athletics is a vehicle to educate the whole person. God has created many vehicles which are intended to teach us about life. Drama, music, academics and athletics are a few. We need to provide an environment through which God’s truths can be effectively communicated. In athletics, one experiences all human emotions from joy to sorrow, pride to humility, and camaraderie to loneliness. These experiences provide opportunities for godly Christian coaches to come alongside and impart God’s truths about how these situations should be handled. For the Christian, this opportunity extends further than just the physical and emotional needs and rewards. The Christian coach and athlete recognize spiritual needs and are therefore able to bring their whole being into submission to Christ.

Our parents and supporters will also make a difference in the success or failure of our programs, and therefore need to understand and support the Christian Distinctives of this athletic program. May God be glorified through our involvement and direction into His athletic programs at Victory World Church.

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Testimonials

I started at Victory World Athletics Ministry two years ago. I signed up my son Richard Quinland for basketball and my daughter Kayla Burmant for cheerleading. To my surprise I thought I was signing my children up for just sports but over time I came to find family and friends.

“Katty “

God is truly amazing… truly!! Allowing my children and me to share in this ministry has been an amazing journey, one I look forward to continuing. I almost walked right pass my blessing.

“Renee”

Being part of the Victory World Church athletics ministry has been so much more than sports for our family. Through basketball and cheer, my girls have grown spiritually, made new friends, and pushed themselves to become stronger and healthier.

“Lisa “

It’s been 8 years since the beginning and we’ve seen some leave and new people come aboard, but it’s always the same…..people who come into Victory World Athletics Ministry are on fire for God. We still have the closeness; the family atmosphere. I believe my children, as well as, myself are better people because of this ministry. Kudos to Coach Greg for the vision and to Rosa, his wife, for letting him run with it. You two are amazing!

“Paulette “

“I was not only taught the fundamentals of basketball but the fundamentals of Christianity. My coaches taught me how to do a lay-up as well as lay my burdens down for God to carry.”

“Dr. Sade “

“I am so blessed to have been a part of this ministry and the lives of the directors”

“Adeola “