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.
CLAY currently sanctions church leagues in basketball, miniature golf & volleyball
Registration opens in February!
Regular Season: May-June
Registration opens in June!
Regular Season: September-October
At the heart of CLAY is a culture of competitive play & intentional growth
As an athlete, I can be a role model and inspire others...
Every athlete - at every level - makes an impression on someone. It's easy to see how professional, semi-pro and even college athletes influence youth. But what about our young athletes? There is a near 100% chance your child will not become a professional athlete. But he or she CAN make an impression on other youth AND adults.
Who we are & what we stand for
The CLAY Code outlines what it means to be the Christian League of Athletics for Youth and defines the Fruit of the Spirit in those terms. All coaches, officials, parents and volunteers must agree to abide by the CLAY Code as a condition of participation.
Parents & volunteers leading by example
CLAY Team Sports offers several volunteer positions that support parents in their efforts to mold the lives of their children. Whether you lean toward the “sport” side of sports ministry, or the “ministry” side of sports ministry, your participation is critical. Together, we can create an environment that surrounds kids with Christian adults on and off the field of play.
Insurance, T-Shirts & Trophies!
Every player & team is covered!
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