• Welcome to CLAY!

    Since 1896, CLAY has been where the Holy Spirit shapes the spirit of competition.

    CLAY Communities

    CLAY sanctions community-based sports leagues across the country.

    CLAY Programs

    What began as a local church basketball league now provides resources for multiple sports.

    CLAY Huddles

    Taking biblical principles and teaching youth how to compete both on and off the field of play.

    CLAY Partners

    CLAY is impacting communities through both local partnerships and nationally through ClubsCorp Business Network.

  • CLAY Team Sports Ministry

    Where the Holy Spirit Shapes the Spirit of Competition.

    CLAY Builds Character

    It's no secret that athletic competition can build character, but it can also destroy character if it is not kept in proper perspective. "Team sports ministry" is goal-oriented and emphasizes self-discipline and individual responsibility. By focusing on the Great Commandment, CLAY emphasizes competing for the glory of God by showing love and respect to everyone, including your competitors. The ultimate goal of all CLAY programs is to get children and youth plugged into local churches where they can continue to grow after the final whistle blows. We have also designed a curriculum system to help connect what happens on game day with what happens on Sunday.

    CLAY Builds Community

    Nothing brings communities together the way sport does. By engaging the world of sport, the local church can break down barriers, create followings and form partnerships that otherwise may not have been possible. Sport, being a universal language, transcends social barriers in a way few things can. Therefore, "team sports ministry" allows local churches to reach their communities in a whole new way. Sport inspires people and invites a following, which makes all athletes role models - no matter their age or even skill level. In addition, a sports ministry program may open the doors to new partnerships with businesses and other community organizations.

    CLAY Builds Faith

    The Gospel was designed to be spread by meeting people where they are. Our faith should lead us to redeem our culture rather than run from it. This is what Jesus did when He became flesh and blood - He met us on our terms. We need to teach our children and youth how to both win and lose without compromising their faith by setting the example. There are amazing parallels between physical discipline and spiritual discipline. If the local church can take on the "flesh and blood" of athletic competition through "team sports ministry," then we will be meeting our youth where they are.

  • What's New?

    Where the Holy Spirit Shapes the Spirit of Competition.

    August 6, 2016
    About the Athlete's Pledge Every athlete - at every level - makes an impression on someone. It...
    August 5, 2016
    About the CLAY Code The CLAY Code outlines what it means to be a Christian League of Athletics...
    August 4, 2016
    CLAY Huddles are designed to reinforce weekly ministry themes through practical application....
    August 3, 2016
    CLAY Coach CLAY Coaches are mentors and leaders. But when your mentor is Jesus Christ and you...
    August 2, 2016
    A. CLAY TEAM SPORTS MINISTRY CLAY Team Sports Ministry, Inc.'s original name was the Christian...
    August 1, 2016
    A. GAME RULES State high school athletic association (i.e. PIAA in Pennsylvania / OHSAA in Ohio)...
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